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KPMG Foundation Trustees

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Simon Collins (Chairman)

Simon Collins is UK Chairman and Senior Partner of KPMG LLP. He qualified as a chartered accountant in 1986. He founded KPMG LLP’s Debt Advisory practice in 1998, joining the firm from NatWest where he was Global Head of Debt Structuring. Prior to that, he worked in the financing business of SG Warburg. Recently he led Transactions and Restructuring for three years globally and was EMA Head of Advisory. 

Simon is a member of the KPMG Global Executive Team and Board and the KPMG India Oversight Board. He is also a member of the UK Government’s Industrial Development Advisory Board.

Sir Gerald Acher CBE LVO

Sir Gerald is President of Young Epilepsy and until 2009 was Chair of the RSA (Royal Society of Arts). He was a member of the Board of KPMG LLP and Senior Partner of its London office until the end of 2001. 

He champions issues on sustainability, climate change, corporate responsibilities ethical, diversity and educational agendas. He is Deputy Chairman of Camelot Group plc (the National Lottery Operator) where he also chairs the Advisory Panel on Social Responsibility. 

He is Chairman of the Board of Heart of the City – a charity funded by the City of London Corporation and City Bridge Trust to promulgate corporate responsibility in the City and surrounding areas. He chairs the London Climate Change Partnership that advises on how London should be adapting to living with the results of a changing climate. 

He is Vice-Chairman of Motability and Chairman of its Oversight Committee; the charity which helps disabled people become mobile; he was awarded the CBE in the 1999 Birthday Honours for his work in this area. This charity overseas the operating company leasing some 600,000 cars to disabled people.

Robin Cartwright

 Robin Cartwright is a KPMG LLP Partner in Transactions & Restructuring.

Fahad Raja

Fahad studied at Cass Business School and upon graduation joined a social enterprise supporting students achieving graduate jobs. Using the revenue, the organisation supported The Citizen’s Foundation (TCF); one of the largest education charities in the world, educating 175,000 children a year in Pakistan. Fahad then spent two years at Towers Watson where he was focused on Private Equity and Real Estate fund investing, covering large and mid-cap European managers. At Towers Watson, he led the publication of the FT’s Annual Global Alternatives Survey.

He joined KPMG LLP in 2014 in the Transaction Services team which supports corporate telecoms, media and technology clients through the deal process. He has also spent time within the Strategy consulting team at KPMG.

Over the last few years, Fahad has been involved with a number of social and business initiatives. He was a governor at a primary school in Lewisham, represented KPMG on the board of a local secondary school in East London and COO of the KPMG’s Graduate Development Network - an internal network comprising of over a 1,000 graduates. He continues to be an active mentor at his alma mater and volunteers weekly at a soup kitchen for homeless people in Central London. He has continued to regularly advise two start-ups he helped co-found in the technology space.

Fahad is a CFA Level III exam qualified and due to qualify as a Chartered Accountant in Autumn 2017.

Peter Sherratt

Peter Sherratt became European Legal Director of Lehman in 1991, was the youngest member of the management committee and the youngest Managing Director at the firm soon after. His responsibilities came to include development of the firm's philanthropy and community programmes, Audit, Large Transaction Approval, Communications and Compliance. He was made a Vice Chairman of the firm in 2007. Peter was formerly Chief Legal Officer, Europe, ME and Asia for Lehman Brother and prior to joining, worked as a pupil barrister at the commercial chambers 1 Essex Court, Middle Temple. 

Peter is Founder of The Relief Trust, which supports education and leadership, particularly for women in the developing world. He is also a Trustee and one of the founders of Against Malaria, which distributes bed nets in the most infected areas of the world. It is the worldwide no. 1 ranked charity by the charity rating agencies, Give Well and Give What You Can, and has delivered over 1 million quality nets to people with a high risk of infection. Peter works with Camfed (the Campaign for Female Education) which is one of the world's leading NGO's in the field of girls' education. It operates in Ghana, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. 

Peter is currently a main Board Director of Formula One, the global rights and race organisation company, a Council Member of the Heart of the City Council (since 2009) and has served on the Board of the Tower Hamlets Education and Business Partnership since 1993. 

Peter is a keen swimmer, completing a solo crossing of the English Channel in 2011. He formerly played chess at county level, holding the then World Champion to a draw in a simultaneous match. He is married to Lesley, they have two daughters and live in Cambridge.

Rachel Hopcroft

Rachel joined KPMG LLP in March 2016 as Head of Corporate Affairs. Working directly with the Chairman, she leads the teams that promote and protect KPMGs reputation, brand and voice. That includes corporate responsibility, public affairs and public policy. She has been active in the firm’s response to Brexit, leading our public engagement and is also responsible for social mobility. Rachel sits on the firm’s Inclusive Leadership Board, the Apprenticeships Steering Committee and attends the KPMG UK Board.

Prior to joining KPMG, Rachel was Principal Private Secretary to the Cabinet Secretary, Sir Jeremy Heywood, at the Cabinet Office (a Director-level post) for 4 years (2012-2016). In addition she has over a decade of experience in the Civil Service in critical policy and delivery roles – largely in the justice and home affairs space.

Rachel is on the Board of Enactus UK, an international non-profit organisation dedicated to inspiring students to improve the world through entrepreneurial action. She is also on the Living Wage Advisory Council, an issue on which KPMG has a long and proud association. She is a trustee on the KPMG Foundation Board, an independent charitable Foundation that focuses on education and social projects for the disadvantaged and under-privileged.

Christine Gilbert

Christine is probably best known in her role as Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector at Ofsted where she brought together three different inspectorates to create a new organisation with greater impact. However, she has also been a teacher, a secondary headteacher, a director of education, first in Harrow and then Tower Hamlets, and a local authority chief executive in two London boroughs. She is passionate about transforming the lives of the least advantaged children and young people. 

Over the last few years, Christine has been involved in a range of education projects and is currently working with a number of local authorities as they develop their vision for the future. She is a visiting professor at UCL institute of Education in London.As Executive Chair of the charity Future First, Christine is focused on helping to establish a thriving alumni community in every school and college in the country so that young people benefit from motivational role models. She is a Trustee of the charity CfBT Education Trust. 

Christine received CBE in 2006 for services to education and local government.

Director - Jo Clunie

Jo has worked at KPMG LLP since 1993, formerly as a Management Consultant in the Banking & Insurance Sector. Jo established the Foundation in 2001 and was responsible for the management of the Millennium Appeal.

Advisor - Lucy Ball

Lucy has advised the KPMG Foundation since she helped set it up in 2001. Lucy has extensive experience of advising corporates and foundations on grant making strategy, policy and practice.

David Woodward

David Woodward is a KPMG LLP Partner, where he specialises in tax relief and incentives for innovation. In addition, David leads KPMG’s EMEA wide-development programme for new Partners. David has been with KPMG for over 20 years, undertaking a number of roles. Prior to his career in tax, he worked in the property and construction sector, qualifying as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor.

David has been chair of the Trustee Board of a charity working with homeless young people. He is married with two children and is a keen skier and cricketer, coaching and playing at his local club.  

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