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.

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.

Jo Gibbons- Director of Communications [Interim]

Jo has worked in communications in the public, private and government sector for over 25 years. She worked for several years as a senior adviser to Tony Blair in Downing Street as Deputy Director of Government Relations and then Director of Events. She moved with him after he left office as Director of Corporate Affairs and helped establish his office and various entities.

Previously she was a Board Director at communications consultancy Edelman heading up the corporate and public affairs practice, and has also worked as a Special Adviser to Baroness Jay of Paddington and in PR roles at the FA, Labour Party and various other organisations.

Michael Clark - Director of UK Programmes, Ark Schools

Michael joined Ark in January, 2012. He was previously a Junior Partner at McKinsey & Company and led 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 has served as a trustee of the New School Network and Achievement for All and was on the National Advisory Council of Teach First.

Diana Gerald - Chief Operating Officer, Ark Schools

Diana joined Ark as Chief Operating Officer of Ark Schools 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).

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.

Lord (Stanley) Fink

Lord Fink has been Chief Executive Officer of International Standard Asset Management (ISAM) since 2008. Before this he was CEO and Deputy Chairman of Man Group plc, which over 21years he built into the largest hedge fund company in the world. Lord Fink is principal treasurer of the Conservative Party. He is a committed philanthropist whose passions include education (he is Chair of Governors of Ark Burlington Danes Academy), health and the reduction of global warming via application of carbon markets and new technology.

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 and Lead Non-Executive Director of the Department for Education. 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).

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 Non-Executive Partner of Bluefield, a specialist asset manager for solar infrastructure, and is a former Partner of Goldman Sachs & Co. He is Chair of Governors at Ark's Walworth and Evelyn Grace Academies. He previously held a Research Fellowship in Radio Astronomy at St John's College, Cambridge and has a PhD in Physics from Cambridge University.

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. 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. He spent 14 years at Goldman Sachs (1987 - 2001), where he was a partner in the Fixed Income, Currency & Commodities division. He served in New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration (2002 - 2003), running the Children First reform programme for the City's Department of Education. Mr Beller is chairman of governors of Ark's King Solomon Academy.

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.