Our trustees

Fred Sharrock (Chair of Trustees)
Fred is the Director of Operations for the Haberdashers’ Aske’s Federation, a group of nine state schools in South East London. Before this he was a civil servant, working mostly in the Department for Education on a wide range of different policy areas for the Blair, Brown and Cameron governments.



Mariella Ardron
Mariella is currently Principal of Chelsea Academy. Mariella has worked in London schools for over 16 years and is passionate about making a difference. She is committed to ensuring that disadvantaged communities have access to excellent education and that poverty is no barrier to opportunity and ambition.


Laura Bruce
Laura currently works as Director of Programmes and Partnerships at The Sutton Trust. At the Trust, she is responsible for overseeing all beneficiary facing work including supporting access to university and the workplace for less advantaged students. Prior to this, Laura has held roles in both the higher education and voluntary sectors where she managed and developed a range of programmes and initiatives. Laura is also a trustee of PRIME Commitment and sits on the information, advice and guidance advisory group for the Office for Students


Colin Horswell (he/him)
Colin is Managing Director of Cordis Bright. He works with local authorities, central government and the third sector to help improve outcomes for vulnerable children, young people and families. Colin also has experience in supporting schools on achievement, attendance, inclusion, and transition.



Michelle Loughrey
Michelle is an education leader with over two decades’ experience working in education, leading schools including, most recently, as Headteacher. As an educational consultant, she provides support to individuals, schools and to trusts; her specialism is in leadership development and values-led cultural and organisational change. Michelle is also a lay Education Quality Assurance Inspector for Social Work England.


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David is Global Head of Business Advisory Services at Information Management Group. He was formerly Head of Group Performance Management at Man Group plc specialising in change management, enhancing the profitability of the Group, and providing information and options to senior management to ensure that the correct decisions are made. Prior to joining Man, David worked as an Investor Relations Manager at Centrica plc.


Nikolai Petrou (Chair of Finance and Impact Committee)
Nikolai is Finance and Data Director at Winmark. He has over 20 years’ experience providing financial governance and developing the data strategy for leading organisations in both the public and private sectors. Nikolai is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAEW).


Lisa Robinson
Lisa has over 15 years’ experience in fundraising for the voluntary sector across a range of organisations and causes including WWF, Windsor Leadership and the Disasters Emergency Committee. She has worked closely with influential leaders and donors to build relationships and grow income throughout her fundraising career. Lisa is currently
Director of Development & Communications at Islington Giving.


Carly Wickham
Carly is the Group Digital Marketing Manager at Aviva and Director of The Giving Department, a specialist consultancy that believes in the business case for corporate social responsibility. With almost two decades of experience in marketing and communications, Carly has a passion for embracing the ever-changing digital landscape.


Dan O’Brien
Dan is Chief Operating Officer at events organiser Tarsus Group and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAEW). He has worked as a finance director of listed companies across the media sector over the last 20 years.