Meet Our Visionary Trustees | Speakers for Schools


Andrew Law

Chair Of The Board Of Trustees

Andrew Law is the Chairman and CEO of Caxton Associates, a forty year-old global macro hedge fund.  He joined Caxton in 2003 as the head of macro trading in London, was appointed global Chief Investment Officer early in 2008, and to his current position effective 1st January 2012. Prior to Caxton he was Managing Director, Goldman Sachs, as head of proprietary trading in London as a Managing Director in the Fixed Income, Currencies, and Commodities Division.

Andrew attended a state school in Manchester and gained a First-Class Honours degree in Economics from Sheffield University in 1987.

His philanthropic interests include his role as a founding Trustee of both the Law Family Charitable Foundation and the Law Family Educational Trust, which sponsors a multi-academy trust in Greater Manchester. He is the Chairman of Speakers for Schools, former Deputy Chair of the New Schools Network and a member of the Sutton Trust strategic advisory development board.

Robert Peston

Founder of Speakers for Schools, ITV Political Editor

Robert Peston is ITV’s political editor, presenter of the politics show “Peston” and the podcast “The Rest is Money”, and founder of the education charity, Speakers for Schools ( He has written seven critically acclaimed books, including his two latest, “Bust?” – on how to fix the malaise in the UK and the West – and a thriller set in the financial crisis, “The Crash”. Peston has won more than 30 awards for his journalism, including Journalist of the Year, Specialist Journalist of the Year and Scoop of the Year (twice) from the Royal Television Society. His blog is, and he is @peston on Twitter.

David Giampaolo

Founder and Chief Executive of Pi Capital

David is the Founder and Chief Executive of Pi Capital. He previously founded, built up and sold several businesses and health club chains in the US, Europe and Asia. David has financial interests in several other businesses and industries and has been involved as an investor, advisor and board member of some of the most successful health & fitness companies in the world. David is Chairman of Oga Fit, Sarva and EXi, non-executive director of Agronomics and also a senior advisor to AMG (Affiliated Managers Group, Inc.) and BC Partners. David is a member of YPO, the Chief Executives Organization and the Global Leadership Circle of ONE. In addition, he is a trustee of and patron of Pro Bono Economics.

Sakhila Mona Mirza

General Counsel at London Bullion Market Association

Sakhila, qualified lawyer, has worked in the financial services sector for 15 years, covering the oil markets and then moving to the precious metals market. Most of her career has focused on providing legal, regulatory and compliance advice, and building corporate governance programmes.
Currently she works at the London Bullion Market Association, where she is a Board Member and the General Counsel. Sakhila works on the strategic development of the Association, by leading and working on several business development initiatives with various market stakeholders, and taking responsibility for all the legal work affecting the organisation. In addition, she has built key relationships with government officials and regulators around the world, and has spoken at several conferences, educating stakeholders on the developments within the precious metals market. Sakhila read law at the London School of Economics and went on to qualify as a solicitor.

Roland Rudd

Founding Partner at Finsbury

Roland Rudd is Chairman of Finsbury Glover Hering. He founded Finsbury 25 years ago and was Chairman throughout this time. He is a leader in corporate communications and provides personal counsel to board members and senior executives at the most critical moments for their companies.

Before Finsbury, he worked as a political and financial journalist primarily at the Financial Times.

He is Chair of Tate, Trustee for Speakers for Schools, and the Bayreuth Festival. He is an ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Society and the Made By Dyslexia campaign and is Chairman of the Governors of Millfield School. He is also an Honorary Fellow at Oxford School of Corporate Reputation and Regents College, Oxford University.

Ruth Spellman

Board member of the Education and Training Foundation

Ruth Spellman has been a leader and champion of education and training in Further, and Higher education for the past 30 years, at Investors in People, at the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, the Chartered Management Institute and at the Workers Educational Association. She served on the OU’s governing Council for 8 years and is a seasoned non executive director. Highlights of her career are playing a key role in the formulation of education and skills policies, taking IIP into 33,000 workplaces, the award of an OBE for services to work place learning in 2007, and the lifetime achievement award from the TES for services to FE in 2020. Ruth is currently a Board member of the Education and Training Foundation, the Learning and Work Institute and a Trustee of Adviza which provides careers advice to young people and a career coach.