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 with 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 for the #WeWill programme. 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 she 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. Over the past year he has supported the development of the #iWill2 programme at a strategic level and is currently responsible for oversight of the ways we embed youth voice at the heart of the programme, and how we can work with partner organisations to maximise our shared outcomes. 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. Ray is also an #iWill Ambassador and national #iWill Partnership Board member.

Gabriella Ribeiro- Senior Programme Officer

Gabriella is the Grants Officer at Ormiston Trust. She is responsible for contributing to the Trust’s overall grants and grantee support strategy, working with grantees directly to develop existing and new projects, and producing funding recommendations that are aligned with the organisation’s focus areas. Prior to joining the Ormiston Trust in 2020, she studied Global Development Studies and World Language at Queen’s University in Canada before moving across the pond to complete her Master’s degree in International Social and Public Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science with a specialization in Development. In between her years of studying, she worked with a number of incredible organisations in the non-profit sector in the United States and India. 

Rebecca Bassey- Senior Programme Specialist

Rebeca is the Programme Management Support Officer at Ormiston Trust. Her current role is to support the programme manager and promoting youth engagement through the youth advisory council.  Previously, she worked for different charities implementing youth social action as a mentor. She worked for National Citizen Service as a Senior Mentor and with Debate Mate as a Student Mentor, and she was involved with other charities as a volunteer. She then became interested in human rights and advocacy which lead her to return to university to study International Relations with a focus on Conflict and Peacebuilding.

Francesca Ponzo- Programme Specialist

Francesca is a Programme Specialist at Ormiston Trust. Her current role is handling the Skills workstream for the iwill2 programme. She left her home country (Italy) in 2015 to move to London, where she completed a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and a master’s degree in International, Social and Public policy. Before joining Ormiston Trust she volunteered for refugee-aid organisations based in Greece and the UK. 

Shanyce Morris- Senior Programme Assistant

Shanyce is a Senior Programme Assistant at Ormiston Trust. In her role she works on communications for OT.  She 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 is a Senior Programme Assistant at  Ormiston Trust. In her role she focuses on coordinating partnerships and managing our eco work. Before joining OT, she worked as an Analyst in a public sector consultancy and has been passionate about social action since being at University. She is an activist with Green New Deal UK and a local campaigner near where she lives in London, and she spent her final year at university establishing and managing homelessness projects in Manchester. 

Pooja Mathur- Programme Assistant

Pooja is a Programme Assistant at Ormiston Trust. She is currently pursuing my master’s in Human Resources and Organisations from the London School of Economics and she previously graduated with a Degree in Psychology from university in India. Previously she worked with various outreach projects on teaching and awareness creation among school children. Very close to her heart, is another project called Visionaries, which is a digital initiative to facilitate the academic journey of visually impaired students in major parts of India. Here, she acted as a mentor to various students and managed the grievance redressal of volunteers. 

Fiona Gregory- Grants Assistant

Fiona is the Grants Assistant at Ormiston Trust and in her role she supports the Grants team. Previously, she 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.