Who’s Who

Peter Murray, OBE - Director

Peter founded Ormiston Trust in 1969. He is a chartered surveyor (commercial investment) and ex chair of the Westminster Volunteer Bureau and All Stars Youth Club. He has served on the Boards of Paddington Charities and Yapp Trust. For several years he worked as a volunteer for the Samaritans and as a Prison Visitor. He is the founder member of the Association of Charitable Foundations, founder chair of Ormiston Academies Trust and vice chair of Ormiston Families.

Steve Macleod - Director

Steve is an expert in wealth management. He has vast experience of managing pension funds, trust funds and individual investment portfolios. He was the founder and Managing Director of the Cameron Scott Group, which by 2007 was a broad based financial Services Business with an independent financial services arm, a specialist Healthcare business plus AXA’s largest Appointed Representative business in the UK, managing over 10,000 clients. Following an acquisition by AXA he managed the transition of the Cameron Scott Group into the AXA Group’s UK Intermediary business.

Steve now runs a specialist wealth management firm dealing with family trust arrangements and individual private clients.

Duncan Murray - Director

Duncan is currently the Global Shareholding Reporting Manager for Prudential plc. He has a strong background in compliance with further knowledge of operational risk, capital markets and investment banking. Duncan has previously held positions working for BlackRock, Deutsche Bank, Tudor Capital LLP and Credit Suisse.

Di Murray - Director

Di’s career began in the Foreign Office. She later moved to Hong Kong where she set up a Welfare Office for 8,000 Vietnamese Boat People in a Refugee Camp. In Hong Kong she also managed International Conferences for a US Company. In London and New York she worked for a PR Agency with the Director on a number of high profile accounts and at British American Tobacco she was in charge of Events both internal and sponsored for their Public Affairs Dept. Di served for several years on The Children’s Society and NSPCC Fundraising Committees. She worked as a Citizens Advice Bureau Adviser for five years. She latterly taught in higher education both mainstream students and those with Learning Disabilities.

Ian Brookman - Director

Ian joined the Ormiston Trust Trustee Board in 2016, having been involved with the charity and Ormiston Families since the early 1990s. Ian became a Trustee of Ormiston Academies Trust in 2012 and is the Vice Chair of the academy trust board. He is the Practice Director of W P Thompson, a firm of patent and trademark attorneys based in London and Liverpool. Ian was previously the Managing Partner of a large regional firm of chartered accountants where he specialised in the not for profit sector. In recent years Ian has had a portfolio of roles including as Chief Finance officer for several charities, non-executive director of a mental health trust and a principal of his own accountancy practice.



James Murray - Chief Executive Officer

James is the Chief Executive officer of Ormiston Trust. He has worked as an organisation advisor in the private, public and voluntary sectors, helping organisations to grow sustainably over the medium to long term. He has helped charities for over 20 years in the fields of strategic development, partnership setup, programme and project delivery.

Anne Taylor – Finance Manager

Anne is Finance Manager at Ormiston Trust and has worked for Ormiston Trust for over 30 years, overseeing the property portfolio and asset management. She combines her work at the Trust with voluntary community work and has raised thousands of pounds to enhance leisure and education opportunities for young people in disadvantaged communities. 

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Karlene Rivers – Finance Manager

Karlene is Finance Manager at Ormiston Trust and has been handling the Financial Management of Ormiston Trust since 2014. Her background is in Financial Services 20 years working in the industry and she has a passion for systems, processes and spreadsheets to enable good finance management. 

Aneela Bukhari- Programme Manager

Aneela is  Programme Manager at Ormiston Trust. Prior to joining Ormiston Trust, she was Head of Professional Development and School Improvement at Beaconhouse Group, overseeing the professional development of over 8000 teachers and implementing systems for school improvement across 200 schools, in the Southeast region including Pakistan, UAE, Malaysia, Oman, Philippines, and Thailand. Prior to joining Beaconhouse Group, she worked at a University in the UAE, where I taught on the Bachelor of Education, and Diploma for Teaching Assistants programmes, using a variety of synchronous and asynchronous modes of teaching and learning. 


Ray Wang- Programme Coordinator

Ray is the Programme Coordinator at Ormiston Trust. His background is in community project development and funding, having worked with charities, schools, and local authorities in East Anglia to develop a plethora of projects including primary-secondary school transition, award-winning youth amateur theatre, social prescribing in rural GP practices, and youth commissioning boards. Academically, he is a global health graduate and current final year medical student, with a particular interest in population health and health economics.

Gabriella Ribeiro- Senior Programme Officer

Gabriella is an MSc graduate in International Social and Public Policy from the LSE with a specialisation in Development. Gabriella has experience working in non-profit and social enterprise sectors in the US and India. 

Rebecca Bassey- Programme Specialist

Rebecca is a recent graduate from the University of Manchester with a degree in Politics and Modern History. Currently, Rebecca works as a Programme Specialist at the Ormiston Trust and studies an MSc in International Relations at the LSE.   

Francesca Ponzo- Senior Programme Specialist

Rebecca is a recent graduate from the University of Manchester with a degree in Politics and Modern History. Currently, Rebecca works as a Programme Specialist at the Ormiston Trust and studies an MSc in International Relations at the LSE.   

Fiona Gregory- Grants Assistant

Fiona worked in the City for 10 years, firstly as a dealer on the floor of the London Stock Exchange and then as an equity salestrader. She left working in the city to become a stay at home mother and returned to the workplace in 2018. 

Shanyce Morris- Senior Programme Assistant

Shanyce is a Senior Programme Assistant at Ormiston Trust. completed her undergraduate degree in Politics and International Relations in 2020 at the LSE and is now completing her MSc in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies back at the LSE. Her professional background involves working and volunteering for charities that support children and young people. This ranges from charities supporting young people with disabilities to charities working to fight childhood poverty in London.

India Burgess- Senior Programme Assistant

India graduated from her master’s in Development Studies at the University of Cambridge last year. Since graduating, she has spent the last year working as an Analyst at a public sector consultancy, advising international governments on reform programmes. In her spare time she coordinates a Green New Deal organising hub in South London and is an activist with Progressive International. 

Amal Mukhtar- Senior Programme Assistant

Amal is a Senior Programme Assistant at Ormiston Trust. She recently completed her Master’s degree in Development studies from the LSE. She has worked for various charitable organisations tackling diverse issues ranging from youth homelessness to providing medical aid to people affected by humanitarian disasters.