Our people

Our trustees are independent and have a broad range of skills and experiences. Two of our ten trustees are appointed by, and are employees of, Standard Life Aberdeen. The other eight 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.

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Our trustees

Alistair Darling

Alistair Darling

Chairman

Alistair 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 was a member of the House of Lords from 2015-2020. He is also a Director of Morgan Stanley, an Honorary President of Chatham House and a Governor of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research. Alistair has held several Cabinet posts, most recently as Chancellor of the Exchequer from 2007 to 2010.

James Daunt

James Daunt

James is Chief Executive of the UK bookseller Waterstones and also of the US bookseller, Barnes & Noble. James founded Daunt Books, which remains independent, in 1990, prior to which he worked in investment banking with JP Morgan. James is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Trustee of the Booker Prize Foundation.

Naomi Eisenstadt

Naomi Eisenstadt

Naomi is Chair of the Northamptonshire Health and Care Partnership and from 2017 to 2019 was Vice Chair of the Scottish Government’s Poverty and Inequality Commission. 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. She has also been a trustee for Save the Children and Trust for London.

David Hall

David Hall

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

Lucy Heller

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 Education Endowment Foundation.

Wendy Loretto

Wendy Loretto

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

Graeme McEwan

Graeme is Chief Executive of MCR Pathways, a school based mentoring programme that supports young people in or on the edges of the care system. He is a Board Member of Developing the Young Workforce, the Scottish Government initiative to help eradicate youth unemployment and sits on the Advisory Board of the Department of Management Science at Strathclyde Business School.

Keith Skeoch

Keith Skeoch

Keith is currently Chair of the ASI Research Institute, Interim Chair of the FRC, Chair of the Investment Association and a member of the UK Takeover Panel.

Keith joined Standard Life Investments (SLI) in 1999 as Chief Investment Officer and was appointed Chief Executive of that division in 2004 and to the main board of Standard Life plc following demutualisation in 2006. Keith led the exponential growth of SLI in terms of assets under management, geographic footprint, revenue stream, organisational capability and brand strength. He was appointed CEO of Standard Life plc in 2015 and then as CEO of Standard Life Aberdeen (SLA) having led the separation of the life business to Phoenix in 2018 and the subsequent formation of a global, focussed and capital light investment house. Keith stepped down as CEO of SLA in September 2020.

Euan Stirling

Euan Stirling

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.

  • Alistair Darling

    Alistair Darling

    Chairman

    Alistair 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 was a member of the House of Lords from 2015-2020. He is also a Director of Morgan Stanley, an Honorary President of Chatham House and a Governor of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research. Alistair has held several Cabinet posts, most recently as Chancellor of the Exchequer from 2007 to 2010.

  • James Daunt

    James Daunt

    James is Chief Executive of the UK bookseller Waterstones and also of the US bookseller, Barnes & Noble. James founded Daunt Books, which remains independent, in 1990, prior to which he worked in investment banking with JP Morgan. James is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Trustee of the Booker Prize Foundation.

  • Naomi Eisenstadt

    Naomi Eisenstadt

    Naomi is Chair of the Northamptonshire Health and Care Partnership and from 2017 to 2019 was Vice Chair of the Scottish Government’s Poverty and Inequality Commission. 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. She has also been a trustee for Save the Children and Trust for London.

  • David Hall

    David Hall

    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

    Lucy Heller

    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 Education Endowment Foundation.

  • Wendy Loretto

    Wendy Loretto

    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

    Graeme McEwan

    Graeme is Chief Executive of MCR Pathways, a school based mentoring programme that supports young people in or on the edges of the care system. He is a Board Member of Developing the Young Workforce, the Scottish Government initiative to help eradicate youth unemployment and sits on the Advisory Board of the Department of Management Science at Strathclyde Business School.

  • Keith Skeoch

    Keith Skeoch

    Keith is currently Chair of the ASI Research Institute, Interim Chair of the FRC, Chair of the Investment Association and a member of the UK Takeover Panel.

    Keith joined Standard Life Investments (SLI) in 1999 as Chief Investment Officer and was appointed Chief Executive of that division in 2004 and to the main board of Standard Life plc following demutualisation in 2006. Keith led the exponential growth of SLI in terms of assets under management, geographic footprint, revenue stream, organisational capability and brand strength. He was appointed CEO of Standard Life plc in 2015 and then as CEO of Standard Life Aberdeen (SLA) having led the separation of the life business to Phoenix in 2018 and the subsequent formation of a global, focussed and capital light investment house. Keith stepped down as CEO of SLA in September 2020.

  • Euan Stirling

    Euan Stirling

    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

Mubin Haq

Mubin Haq

Chief Executive Officer

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.

Rebecca Graham

Rebecca Graham

Programme Manager

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.

Charlotte Morris

Charlotte Morris

Head of Communications

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.

Jenny Charalambous

Jenny Charalambous

Head of Finance and Operations

Jenny joined the Foundation in early 2020, prior to which she managed finance and operations at an Edinburgh based grant-making charity dedicated to the promotion of traditional music education for young people in Scotland. She is a Chartered Accountant, having worked with PwC and in the hospitality sector for a number of years before moving into the not for profit sector.

  • Mubin Haq

    Mubin Haq

    Chief Executive Officer

    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.

  • Rebecca Graham

    Rebecca Graham

    Programme Manager

    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.

  • Charlotte Morris

    Charlotte Morris

    Head of Communications

    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.

  • Jenny Charalambous

    Jenny Charalambous

    Head of Finance and Operations

    Jenny joined the Foundation in early 2020, prior to which she managed finance and operations at an Edinburgh based grant-making charity dedicated to the promotion of traditional music education for young people in Scotland. She is a Chartered Accountant, having worked with PwC and in the hospitality sector for a number of years before moving into the not for profit sector.