Our team

ARK has a team of Trustees whose combined skills offer a wealth of experience and contacts to support ARK in its activities. The Trustees meet regularly and contribute directly to the operations. They also demonstrate their commitment by ensuring, along with the Patrons, that all administrative costs are covered, so that 100% of all donations go directly to deliver ARK's programmes for children.

Lucy Heller - Chief Executive

Lucy joined ARK in 2004 from TSL Education, a subsidiary of News International, where she was joint Managing Director. Her previous roles include General Manager of The Observer and Executive Chairman at Verso, a trade and academic publisher. She has worked for many years with a number of charitable and voluntary organisations including the Marshall Commission, Community Links and the Bush Theatre.

Sally Morgan - Adviser to the Board

Sally joined ARK in September 2005 from her post as Director of Government Relations at 10 Downing Street, where she was a Senior Adviser to Tony Blair. Sally was created a life peer in 2001 and served as a Cabinet Office Minister on Equalities. She serves on a number of public bodies including the Olympic Delivery Authority and the advisory committee of the Institute of Education and was Chairman of the Morgan Inquiry into youth volunteering. Since March 2011 she has been Chairman of Ofsted. Sally has a PGCE from London University and MA in Comparative Education from the Institute of Education.

Micky Sandall - Chief Financial Officer

Micky joined ARK in March 2009. Prior to this he was Finance Director of the Royal Society of Medicine. Originally qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen, he worked in Malawi, East Africa, for over 3 years. He has nearly 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry and was Finance Director for the Caribbean and Middle East regions of Cable and Wireless.

Sally Clarke - Director of Communications

Sally joined ARK as Director of Communications of the entire ARK family, a newly created post, in December 2011.

Sally has experience in both the commercial and NGO sectors. Most recently, she ran campaigns at the medical aid agency Merlin, where she oversaw their communications response to the Haiti earthquake and Pakistan Floods, helped to increase media coverage six fold and more than double their active supporter base. Her work also secured Merlin's first ever presence at the United Nations General Assembly and contributed to the global movement for more frontline health workers. She also co-wrote the campaign strategy for Fish Fight, the most successful EU lobbying campaign to date.

Sally has an MA in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh and can speak Kiswahili.

Dr Pamela B Davis - Director of Development

In February 2013, Pam Davis was appointed as ARK's Director of Development. Prior to this she was Head of Fundraising at the University of Cambridge, working on their successful campaign to raise £1 billion, which was launched to coincide with the University's  800th anniversary.  Pam continues to teach a fundraising course for MBA students at Cambridge Judge Business School.

Pam has a PhD in Polar Visitor Management from Cambridge and spent two field seasons in the Antarctic conducting her research.  Prior to that she lived in the Washington, D.C. area where she pursued a variety of careers and interests working for: a US Senator and a Congressman, a law firm specialising in interstate banking, and serving as the President of the Northern Virginia Chapter of the National Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse.

Susannah Hares - Director, International

Susannah joined ARK in April 2011 from the London School of Economics where she set up and directed the Innovation Co-Creation Lab, work focussing on business model innovation. Prior to this Susannah served for three years as Associate Director, Global Community Partnerships, at Barclays PLC. She started her career in Zimbabwe working for Tsungirirai, an HIV/AIDS organisation and followed this with five years at African health NGO AMREF. She sits on the board of ARK partner STIR Education and acts as advisor to two African development organisations. She holds a MA(Econ) in Political Development from the University of Manchester.

Michael Clark - Director of UK Programmes, ARK Schools

Michael joined ARK in January, 2012. He was previously a Junior Partner at McKinsey & Company and lead its Education Practice in the UK. During his time at McKinsey, he worked for government departments, regulators, inspectors and non-profit organisations in England and America.

Michael obtained an MA in Economics at Cambridge University, and has an MBA from Kellogg School of Management. Michael is a trustee of the New School Network and Achievement for All and is on the National Advisory Council of Teach First.

Diana Gerald - Chief Operating Officer, ARK Schools

Diana joined ARK Schools as Chief Operating Officer in July 2012. She is the former deputy Chief Executive and then acting Chief Executive of the Girls' Day School Trust, a £200m charity running 29 schools with around 20,000 pupils and 4000 staff.  Prior to this, she founded and ran two charities to support older people -  Care4Care and Pillar Care.  She has also been a management consultant working on improving frontline service delivery in the public sector and, in her early career,  specialised in marketing, branding, business and strategy.

 Diana currently also serves as a trustee of SA-YES, a charity providing mentoring to young people leaving care in South Africa and as a community governor for Aylward Primary School in Stanmore (Ofsted outstanding).

Dr Samukeliso Dube, Head of Health

Samu joined ARK in February 2012. A public health physician, Samu has held a range of clinical, health education, policy advisory and implementation roles in throughout sub-Saharan Africa. She has a Degree in Medicine and Surgery (MBCHB) from the University of Zimbabwe, a Masters in Public Health, a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Infectious Diseases and a Master's in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Amitav Virmani, Country Director, India

Amitav has been with ARK since the inception of its programme in India in 2008. Prior to that, he worked as a General Manager in the office of the CEO & MD at Ranbaxy Laboratories, India's largest pharmaceutical company. He began his post MBA career in the USA working for pharmaceutical company Bristol Myers Squibb & Co and was responsible for setting up their office in Mumbai in 2003.  Amitav studied Economics at the St. Stephens College, Delhi University and got his MBA from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA.

Dr Roma Chilengi, Country Head, Zambia

Roma joined ARK in May 2011 as Head of the Programme for the Awareness and Elimination of Diarrhoea in Zambia.  Prior to that, he had a University of Oxford Faculty position based at the KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Kenya, where he served as Head of Clinical Trials.  He has also run a pan-African capacity building and malaria vaccine development programme in Tanzania for the African Malaria Network Trust. Roma is a medical doctor and has a post graduate diploma in hygiene and tropical medicine as well as a Masters in Epidemiology from London University.

Dr Vonai Teveredzi Chimhamhiwa, Country Representative, Zimbabwe

Vonai joined ARK in January 2012 from African Comprehensive HIV and AIDS Partnerships, where she was the TB/HIV Specialist providing  programme and technical oversight to the Government of Botswana TB/HIV response.  Vonai is a Public Health Physician with extensive experience in programme management. She has held various positions with Ministries of Health in Zimbabwe and Botswana and has worked as Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership Coordinator for Southern Africa. She graduated with a Degree in Medicine and Surgery (MBCHB) from the University of Zimbabwe and a Masters in Public Health (MPH) from the University of Melbourne.

Ian Wace - Chairman

Ian Wace is the Chief Executive and Founding Partner of Marshall Wace LLP. He has overseen the growth and development of the company since 1997 and is closely involved with all aspects of the management of the firm across three major geographical regions. Prior to founding Marshall Wace, Mr Wace spent eleven years at SG Warburg and two years at Deutsche Morgan Grenfell.

Arpad A. Busson (Arki) - Founding Chairman

Arpad Busson is the Founder and Chairman of EIM, a fund-of-funds company which he launched in 1991 and now has assets under management of USD $13bn. Mr Busson is also Chairman of the AAA Foundation, an organisation providing Swiss pension funds with access to investments in multi-manager products. Prior to founding EIM, he worked for Tudor Investments. Mr Busson grew up and was educated in France and Switzerland. 

Paul Dunning

Paul Dunning has been in the hedge fund industry since 1992, when he was a part of the team that launched the Goldman Sachs Global Currency Fund. In 2009, he established Finsbury Capital Advisers Pty Ltd, a firm that advises Australian institutional investors on their hedge fund investments. He has held senior positions for a number of hedge funds , Goldman Sachs, Midland Bank and Chemical Bank. Mr Dunning graduated in Economics and Economic History from Leicester University.

Lord Fink

Lord Fink has been Chief Executive Officer of International Standard Asset Management (ISAM) since 2008. Previous to this he was CEO and Deputy Chairman of Man Group plc ,which over twenty one years he built into the largest hedge fund company in the world. Lord Fink was appointed co-Treasurer of the Conservative Party in 2009. He is a committed philanthropist whose passions include education (he is Chair of Governors of Burlington Danes Academy), health and the reduction of global warming via application of carbon markets and new technology. He graduated in law from Trinity College, Cambridge.

Kevin Gundle

Kevin Gundle co-founded Aurum Fund Management Ltd in 1994 and is Senior Executive Officer of Aurum Funds Ltd in London. He has been involved in alternative investing for almost twenty years and oversees Aurum's research, risk and investment processes. Mr Gundle holds a Bachelor of Engineering Honours Degree in Computer and Control Engineering from Westminster.

Paul Marshall

Paul Marshall is Chairman and CIO of Marshall Wace LLP which he co-founded with Ian Wace in 1997. He is the Chairman of ARK Schools. He is also Chairman of Centreforum, the Liberal think tank which was launched in 2005. He is the author of "Tackling Educational Inequality" (2007) and co-author of "Aiming Higher: a better future for England's schools" (2006). He was also co-author of "The Orange Book" (with David Laws, MP, 2005). He edited the 2013 book "The Tail: How England's schools fail one child in five- and what can be done."  Mr Marshall attended Oxford University and has an MBA from Insead. 

Jennifer Moses

Jennifer Moses has spent the past decade in education, public policy and philanthropy after a career in investment banking. She is a founding Trustee of ARK, and the co-founder of King Solomon Academy, an all-through state school in London. Since moving to San Francisco in late 2009, she launched Ed-Mentor, LLC, a VC fund that invests in education technology startups, and is co-founder of Caliber Schools, a new charter school organization that will leverage technology in the classroom. Prior to moving to California, she was a senior policy adviser to then British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown. She was previously Chief Executive of the policy thinktank Centreforum, following her banking career as a Managing Director of Goldman Sachs. Ms. Moses is married with three children.

Michael Platt

Michael Platt is the Chief Executive Officer and Head of Trading of BlueCrest Capital Management which he co-founded in 2000. Prior to this, he spent nine years at JP Morgan where he developed the swaps and options trading businesses. Mr Platt holds a BSc (Hons) from the London School of Economics.

Blaine Tomlinson

Blaine Tomlinson is the Non Executive Chairman of the Financial Risk Management group (FRM).  Blaine founded FRM in 1991 where he was Chief Executive and Chairman.  FRM was sold to the Man Group in 2012. Previously Blaine was director and a board member of AIG Financial Products Group, where he was responsible for establishing, building and managing the European business. He was also an executive director at Nomura International Limited, where he established a swap and structured products group. Mr Tomlinson holds a MBA and a degree in Economics (Hons) from the University of Cape Town, and a Bachelor of Economics from Rhodes University.

Anthony Williams

Anthony Williams is Chairman of Bluefield Partners, a specialist asset manager for solar infrastructure, and is a former Partner of Goldman Sachs & Co. During his time at Goldman Sachs, he was involved in building the firm's Fixed Income Arbitrage and Swaps businesses and served as Global Head of Fixed Income Arbitrage, Global Co-Head of Swaps and as Chair of the Risk Committee for the Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities Division. Mr Williams previously held a Research Fellowship in Radio Astronomy at St John's College, Cambridge and has a BA and PhD in Physics from Cambridge University. He is Chair of Governors at Walworth Academy, an ARK school.

Nick Jenkins

Nick Jenkins joined ARK's board in September 2012. After reading Russian at University, Nick spent eight years in Moscow working as a commodity trader for Glencore before leaving in 1998 to develop his own business while reading for an MBA at Cranfield University. Nick founded Moonpig.com in 1999.  The business grew into the world's largest online personalised greeting card business before it merged with Photobox.com in July 2011.
 
Alongside his business Nick founded his own charitable foundation in 2010 as a grant giving charity with a focus on children's welfare, becoming involved with a number of charities in the UK, Africa and India as a result. Nick is an Enterprise Fellow of the Prince's Trust.

Arpad A. Busson (Arki) - Chairman

Arpad Busson is the Founder and Chairman of EIM, a fund-of-funds company which he launched in 1991 and now has assets under management of USD $13bn. Mr Busson is also Chairman of the AAA Foundation, an organisation providing Swiss pension funds with access to investments in multi-manager products. Prior to founding EIM, he worked for Tudor Investments. Mr Busson grew up and was educated in France and Switzerland.

Jeff Tarrant - Vice Chairman

Jeff Tarrant is Chief Executive Officer and Co-Chief Investment Officer of Protégé Partners LLC. Prior to this, Mr. Tarrant was President of Arista Group Inc. where he managed the marketable securities portfolios of ultra-high net worth families seeking absolute returns through a diversified portfolio of hedge funds. From 1998 to 2002, Mr. Tarrant was also a member of the board of The Investment Fund of Foundations (TIFF), the leading investment advisory firm for charitable foundations and institutions. Mr. Tarrant graduated from Harvard Business School with an MBA in 1985 and has an undergraduate degree in Economics from University of California at Davis.

Thomas E. Sandell - Treasurer

Thomas Sandell founded Sandell Asset Management in January 1998 and is the Chairman and CEO. Mr. Sandell joined Bear Stearns & Co. in May 1989 where he later became Managing Director of Risk Arbitrage. Mr. Sandell is a founding Board Member and the Chairman of The New Leader's Group of the Institute of International Education, the administrator of the US Government's Fulbright Program. He is also a Trustee of ARK US (Absolute Return for Kids). Mr. Sandell received a BS in International Business Administration and Economics from Uppsala University (Sweden) and an MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School.

Ron Beller

Ron Beller is Founder and Managing Partner of Branch Hill Capital based in San Francisco, California. He spent 14 years at Goldman Sachs (1987 - 2001), where he was a partner in the Fixed Income, Currency & Commodities division, based out of New York, Tokyo, Hong Kong and London. In 2005, he co-founded Peloton Partners, a hedge fund with offices in London and Santa Barbara, California, which grew to US$2.5bn in assets at its peak. He also served in New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration (2002 - 2003), running the Children First reform program for the City's Department of Education. Mr Beller has a BA in History from Brown University and is a governor of ARK's King Solomon Academy in London.

Jennifer Moses

Jennifer Moses has spent the past decade in education, public policy and philanthropy after a career in investment banking. She is a founding Trustee of ARK, and the co-founder of King Solomon Academy, an all-through state school in London. Since moving to San Francisco in late 2009, she launched Ed-Mentor, LLC, a VC fund that invests in education technology startups, and is co-founder of Caliber Schools, a new charter school organization that will leverage technology in the classroom. Prior to moving to California, she was a senior policy adviser to then British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown. She was previously Chief Executive of the policy thinktank Centreforum, following her banking career as a Managing Director of Goldman Sachs. Ms. Moses is married with three children.

Blaine Tomlinson

Blaine Tomlinson is the founder, Chief Executive and Chairman of Financial Risk Management (FRM). Previously Blaine was director and a board member of AIG Financial Products Group, where he was responsible for establishing, building and managing the European business. He was also an executive director at Nomura International Limited, where he established a swap and structured products group. Mr Tomlinson holds a MBA and a degree in Economics (Hons) from the University of Cape Town, and a Bachelor of Economics from Rhodes University.

Gary Yannazzo

Gary Yannazzo is Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of EIM USA and the co-author of Interest Rate Futures - The Corporate Decision. He began his career at Arthur Andersen & Co's alternative investment practice. Mr Yannazzo has held significant financial and operating roles in the financial services industry, including Senior Vice President of Smith Barney Real Estate Corp., President and Chief Executive Officer of Holland Mortgage Corp. and Chief Financial Officer for Kenmar, a multi-billion dollar fund of funds. Prior to joining EIM, he served as Chief Operating Officer for Fulcrum Fund Services. Mr Yannazzo holds a BS in Business Administration from Seton Hall University and is a CPA.