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 has worked for the 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.

Karlene Rivers – Finance Manager

Karlene has worked in the Financial Services Industry for 21 years and currently runs her own firm supporting Small Businesses throughout the UK with their Finance and Administration Processes. She has worked with Ormiston Trust since 2016.

Rosie Holden - Executive Assistant & Communications Officer

Rosie joined Ormiston Trust back in 2016 on a temporary basis but never left! She is now an Executive Assistant and Communications Officer at the Trust working to engage a wider audience on its social media channels. Coming from a creative background, Rosie has been a key player in re-designing the Trust’s logo and website.