Robert Peston

TRUSTEES

Our Trustees

Andrew Law
Chair Of The Board Of Trustees

Andrew Law is the Chairman and CEO of Caxton Associates, a thirty-nine-year-old global macro hedge fund. Andrew attended state school in Manchester and subsequently graduated from Sheffield University with a First Class Honours Degree in Economics. He spent his early career at County NatWest and Chemical Bank, before joining Goldman Sachs in 1996 where he was a Managing Director, heading FICC proprietary trading. Andrew joined the London office of Caxton in 2003; he was appointed Chief Investment Officer globally in early 2008, and to his current position effective January 2012. His charitable interests include founding trustee of the Law Family Charitable Foundation, and the Law Family Educational Trust through which he sponsors a Multi Academy Trust in Manchester. He is a Board member of the Sutton Trust, a former Deputy Chair of the New Schools Network and a former director of Social Finance.

Robert Peston
Founder of Speakers for Schools, ITV Political Editor

Robert Peston is ITV’s Political Editor, presenter of the weekly ‘Peston’ show and the founder of Speakers for Schools. Formerly he was the BBC’s economics editor. He has won numerous awards for his journalism and was previously political editor and financial editor of the Financial Times, City Editor of the Sunday Telegraph and a columnist for the New Statesman and the Sunday Times. He became a household name in 2007 when he broadcast and published a series of influential reports on the causes and consequences of the global financial crisis. Robert has published five critically acclaimed books, ‘The Whistleblower’, ‘WTF’, ‘How Do We Fix this Mess?’ ‘Who Runs Britain’ and ‘Brown’s Britain’. He is Vice President of Hospice UK. You can follow Robert at www.twitter.com/peston

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 speakersforschools.org 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.


Job Openings

We are always interested in hearing from professionals that are top-notch communicators, driven, excel in a small team and looking to contribute to the core of our work with speakers and schools. If this sounds like you please submit your CV and short covering note to: recruitment@speakersforschools.org