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.

Nicola Kidson - Director

Nicola has 20 years experience in the social sector, leading programmes across Education, social action, youth justice, youth homelessness sectors. She is a Trustee and fellow at Clore Social Leadership and is Deputy CEO at Peer Power, an empathy-led social justice charity that partners with young people with lived experience of justice, health and social care to transform the systems that seek to support them. Prior to this, she worked as Head of Programme (English as an Additional Language) at The Bell Foundation, developing digital and blended model to scaling training and resources for schools and as Director of Development and Partnership at the Foyer Federation, she developed and scaled programmes with young people experiencing homelessness across the UK wide Foyer network.

Pete Cornforth - Director

Pete is an investment and development professional with over 35 years’ experience in the property sector, the last decade spent in a private equity fund. He holds a BSc in Urban Land Management from The University of Reading, has career-long professional membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. A particular interest in social justice and equality of opportunity has seen him hold senior non-executive positions in an NHS mental health Trust, 2 housing associations, a national learning disability Charity, and a start-up Community Benefit Society. And, against many friends’ better judgement, he’s had an independent record label, recording studio and put on indie club nights around London. 



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.

Melissa Curtis- Programme Assistant

Melissa is a Programme Management Officer at Ormiston Trust. In her role she supports the #WeWill programme management, and works closely with the monitoring & evaluation, social action toolkit & skills, and youth engagement teams. She completed her undergraduate degree in International Development at the University of Sussex, and her postgraduate degree in Global Health and Development at UCL. Over the last eight years, she has dedicated much of her time to working with non-profit organisations in the UK, Nigeria, China, and Tanzania.

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.  

Poppy Mansfield Jones - Youth Engagement Officer

Poppy is the Youth Engagement and Partnership Officer at Ormiston Trust, responsible for coordinating our team of Young Advisors and developing effective working relationships with external organisations. She is currently studying ‘Politics, International Studies and Global Sustainable Development’ at Warwick University and previously worked as Board Advisor for a non-profit youth-focused organisation in Croydon. She has experience in activism work – attending COP26 with environmental education company Force of Nature and had been a member of the UK Youth Parliament for many years, speaking on environmental issues in the House of Commons for its ‘Make Your Mark’ campaign.

Genéa Saunders - Communications and Events Officer

Genéa is the Communications and Events Officer at Ormiston Trust. She plays an integral role in supporting the #WeWill programme – contributing to the development of the communications strategy, including the creation of internal and external communications and publicity. As well as supporting all event planning across the campaign, including the delivery of workshops with the Youth Advisory Council. She has worked predominantly in broadcasting PR, comms and editorial and now works as a narrative designer since completing her MA in Narrative Environments at Central Saint Martins.