KPMG Foundation Trustees

KPMG Foundation Trustees

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Find out more about our KPMG Foundation Trustees

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’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 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.

Surinder Arora

Surinder created one of the fastest growing independent hotel companies in the UK and is the leading hotelier to the aviation Industry. The opening of the flagship Sofitel London Heathrow at Terminal 5 is the latest stage in his epic career. After leaving school, Surinder joined British Airways as a Customer Services Officer for 11 years, during which time he joined Abbey Life as a Sales Associate in addition to holding down various other part time jobs that allowed him to pay for the training necessary to hold a pilots license. He left BA in 1988/89 to concentrate full time with Abbey Life becoming a Sales Manager in 1989 and a Branch Manager in 1991. In 1988 he was the 2nd top sales person in the country and a member of the "Chairman's Club”. 

During his time with Abbey Life, he became interested in property acquisition and development and in 1993, he left Abbey to concentrate on this and other interests which included his first foray into the hospitality world. 

Surinder has continued to build his businesses and is now the owner and Chairman of Arora International Hotels. The primary focus of Arora International Hotels is the design, construction and operation of luxury hotels. Founded by Surinder in 1999, Arora International has become the largest hotel company at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stanstead airports. 

The portfolio currently comprises 16 hotels with over 6,000 bedrooms. Prime locations include the Arora International - Heathrow, Arora Park - Heathrow, Arora International - Gatwick/Crawley, Arora International - Manchester city centre, the newly-opened 605-bedroom Sofitel London Heathrow, directly connected to the iconic Terminal 5, Sofitel London Gatwick at the North Terminal and Mercure London Gatwick (both Sofitels and Mercure London Gatwick are operated under a franchise agreement with Accor Hospitality). 

Surinder's passion for flying culminated in the purchase in 2007 of Wycombe Airpark, Buckinghamshire - a private airfield and base of the British Airways Flying Club which recently celebrated its 60th anniversary since formation.

Robin Cartwright

Robin Cartwright is a KPMG LLP Partner in Transactions & Restructuring, specialising in strategic intelligence on deals in the private and public sectors. Robin became Partner in 2002, on being posted to Amsterdam to set up and run KPMG’s pan-European Strategy team. 

In his time at KPMG, Robin has had a particular focus on complex private/public sector interfaces. Her leads a team focussed on anti-illicit trade for the pharmaceutical, tobacco and drinks industries.

Robin joined KPMG from MI5 where he left as a Principal in the Middle Eastern Counter Terrorism unit and has also worked as a Senior Strategy Professional for organisations such as Aviva, Government of Abu Dhabi and 3i.

Robin is qualified AMCT and has worked in the not for profit sector throughout his career with European Commission’s Anti-Fraud office (OLAF), nursery childcare providers (Busy Bees, Just Learning), and Central Government Departments (Department for Education, MOD and Home Office). Robin completed a social impact study for the Private Equity Foundation in 2009, and since joining the Foundation has advised on the Every Child a Chance Trust, the Head Heart Hands project, and on a range of current priority programmes.

Robin is married to Vicky and has two daughters Harriet and Martha. He is a keen charity fundraiser on road bike events.

Claire Le Masurier

Claire Le Masurier studied at Plymouth University before working at law firm Nabarro and later for PR agency Cohn and Wolfe, part of WPP. As part of Claire’s Human Resources role at Nabarro she co-ordinated the firm’s first employee volunteering programme. She went on to join Cohn & Wolfe delivering media campaigns in support of corporate clients Corporate Responsibility programmes. 

Claire joined KPMG LLP in 2004 as a PR Manager working on corporate communications for the Corporate Responsibility team and other sectors across the firm. She subsequently joined the Corporate Responsibility team in 2010, as a Manager, with a focus on helping to build client relationships through Corporate Responsibility collaborations and sharing our Corporate Responsibility experience. 

She has been a KPMG Foundation trustee since 2010.

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 commervcial 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.

Lisa Harker

Lisa's career has spanned campaigning, journalism and policy-making. After working for several children's charities, she spent two years at the BBC as a Social Affairs Specialist advising journalists across the Corporation. 

As Chair, Lisa was instrumental in transforming Daycare Trust into one of the most influential childcare organisations. 

In 2006 Lisa was appointed as the Government's child poverty tsar at the Department for Work and Pensions where she wrote Delivering on Child Poverty: What would it take? She also worked as an independent advisor to the Treasury and the Department for Children, Schools and Families. 

A former Deputy Director of the thinktank the Institute for Public Policy Research, Lisa returned to the organisation between 2007 and 2010 to jobshare the role of Director with Carey Oppenheim. 

Lisa is currently Head of Strategy and Development at NSPCC where she oversees public policy and research work on child protection policy and practice.

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 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.

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