Our people

Our trustees are independent and have a broad range of skills and experiences. Three of our ten trustees are appointed by, and are employees of, Standard Life Aberdeen. The other seven are independent of the company, including our Chairman.

The staff team work out of both our Edinburgh and London offices.

Information about our staff and trustees is below.

Our trustees

Alistair Darling

Chairman

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Alistair is a member of the House of Lords. He formerly served as a member of the House of Commons from 1987 to 2015, a member of Parliament for Edinburgh South West from 2005 to 2015 and for Edinburgh Central from 1987 to 2005. He is also a Director of Morgan Stanley and an Honorary President of Chatham House. Alistair has held several Cabinet posts, most recently as Chancellor of the Exchequer from 2007 to 2010.

James Daunt

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James is Chief Executive of the bookseller Waterstones. James founded Daunt Books in 1990, prior to which he worked in investment banking with JP Morgan. In addition to running the Waterstones business and overseeing Daunts, James is also a Trustee of the Booker Prize Foundation.

Naomi Eisenstadt

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Naomi is a Research Fellow at the International Inequalities Institute at the LSE and Vice Chair of The Scottish Government’s Poverty and Inequality Commission. She also serves as a Trustee for a number of charities – including Trust for London, which tackles poverty and inequality, and Save the Children. In 1999, after a long career in non-governmental organisations, Naomi became the first Director of the Sure Start Unit – a government initiative delivering free nursery education places for all three and four year olds in the UK – and of the national childcare strategy for England. From 2006 to 2009 Naomi served as Director of the Social Exclusion Task Force in the Cabinet Office.

David Hall

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David is Professor of Education and Head of the Graduate School of Education at the University of Exeter. With a background in economics and business education, David has more than 20 years’ research experience in the field of education policy and leadership and links between socio-economic and educational disadvantage. He has developed a range of internationally-focused masters level programmes of study for education professionals across the globe and was previously Professor and Founding Head of the Institute of Education at the University of Manchester.

Lucy Heller

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Lucy is Chief Executive of Ark, an international education charity. Ark Schools, where she was Founding Managing Director, is one of the top performing academy groups in the UK with 38 schools and over 26,000 students. Lucy has extensive experience as a Trustee of education and policy organisations – including the Marshall Commission and the Education Endowment Foundation.

Elaine Kempson

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Elaine is Emeritus Professor of Personal Finance and Social Policy Research at the University of Bristol. Elaine has 35 years’ experience of conducting research and contributing to policy development on all aspects of personal financial services both in the UK and internationally. She has held a number of senior advisory positions including member of the Money Advice Service Financial Capability Strategy Board, adviser to the Central Bank of Ireland on consumer protection, non-executive director role at the UK Financial Ombudsman Service, member of the HM Treasury Financial Inclusion Task Force, and member of the Department for Work and Pensions’ Social Security Advisory Committee. She is currently a non-executive director of the Lending Standards Board and of the Single Financial Guidance Body. In 2007 Elaine was awarded a CBE for services to the financial services industry.

Wendy Loretto

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Wendy is the Dean of the Business School and Professor of Organisational Behaviour at the University of Edinburgh. Wendy's main research field is age and employment, with a particular focus on changes in employees’ and employers’ attitudes and practices in extending working lives. She is especially interested in the ways in which gender, age and health interact to affect work and retirement experiences amongst older men and women across Europe.

Graeme McEwan

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Graeme is the Chief Communications Officer for Standard Life Aberdeen plc. He is responsible for the company’s corporate communications, public relations, public affairs and internal communications strategies. Prior to joining Standard Life Aberdeen he was Head of UK Marketing for Prudential and had senior communications roles with both Scottish Amicable and Royal Sun Alliance. He is a council member of CBI Scotland and a board member of the Scottish Government’s Developing the Young Workforce Group.

Keith Skeoch

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Keith is Chief Executive of Standard Life Aberdeen plc. He was appointed Chief Executive of Standard Life plc in August 2015, having been Chief Executive of Standard Life Investments since 2004. He joined Standard Life Investments as Chief Investment Officer in 1999. Prior to this, Keith spent 20 years with James Capel in a number of roles, including Chief Economist and Managing Director International Equities. He is also a Non-Executive Director of the Financial Reporting Council and the Investment Association.

Euan Stirling

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Euan is Global Head of Stewardship and ESG Investment at Aberdeen Standard Investments ("ASI"). A chartered accountant, Euan's career began at Ernst & Young in 1986 and he subsequently held a variety of accounting roles spanning Private Practice, Industry and Local Government. Before joining ASI, he was a UK fund manager at Schroder Investment Management where he managed several institutional pension funds and charity portfolios. Euan moved into his role as Head of Stewardship and ESG Investment at ASI in 2016 following a fifteen year career with them during which he was a fund manager and investment analyst in the UK Equity Team. Euan's role brings together the Governance & Stewardship and Responsible Investment teams.

Our staff

Rebecca Graham

Programme Manager

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Rebecca has been with the Foundation since early 2019. She previously worked at the Money Advice Service where she developed tools and provided evaluation guidance to a range of organisations seeking to improve the financial capability of people in the UK. Prior to that she worked in campaigns and research in a range of charitable organisations, with a particular focus on children and young people.

Mubin Haq

Chief Executive Officer

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Mubin joined the Foundation in May 2018. He has worked for a number of independent funders, including Trust for London and the South East London Community Foundation. He was at Trust for London for over a decade where he was the Director of Policy & Grants and developed a range of initiatives tackling poverty and inequality, including strategic work on the living wage. He also developed the Trust’s research activity and policy work. Mubin has been on the boards of a range of organisations including as Chair of London Funders and on the boards of Community Foundation Network, the London Strategic Migration Partnership and the Homelessness Transition Fund.

Donna McMillan

PA to Chief Executive Officer

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Donna is PA to the CEO and also provides support to the Foundation’s Chairman and Board, along with other members of the team. Donna’s previous roles include working in the legal, PR and financial services sectors having worked for Standard Life plc prior to joining the Foundation in April 2017. She has lived and worked in London and gained a wealth of experience across all areas of business.

Charlotte Morris

Communications Manager

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Charlotte runs the communications for the Foundation. Contact her for media, website or event queries. Charlotte joined the Foundation in February 2019, prior to which she headed up the communications for Safe Passage, a charity which opens legal routes for child refugees. She has also set up the external relations department for Human Appeal and managed media relations for Joseph Rowntree Foundation.