Who we are


Michael Bennett (Chairperson)

For many years Michael was a partner in City law firm Charles Russell LLP specialising in commercial real estate. Now retired, he is a director of Saltdean Lido CIC, a community interest company working to secure the refurbishment of the grade 2* listed lido.

His outside interests include reading, food and drink, travel and watching cricket and rugby.

Michael joined the Foundation in 2010.

Reverend David Ingall

David Ingall is the Rector of St. Sepulchre-without-Newgate, in the City of London. He came to St. Sepulchre's in September 2013 and by virtue of his appointment became a Foundation Governor at the same time.

In addition to activities associated with the church, David is also interested in most sports, history (his first degree), reading and anything old (including St. Sepulchre's).

John Tickle

John is Chairman of the Investment & Finance Committee and member of the Strategy Committee. John retired as Head of Institutional Investment for one of Europe's leading financial institutions after a career in fund management and business finance.

John joined the Foundation in 2006.

Mark Jessett

Mark has long-standing connections with Camden and was originally appointed to represent the borough. His career has included running a SME, working for large corporations and providing management consultancy. This experience gained across financial markets, technology and media industries in London.

Mark sits on the Foundation's Investment & Finance Committee and Strategy Committee. His predominant interest at RRF is helping young people acquire skills which offer them opportunities in London’s changing business landscape.

Mark joined the Foundation in 2011.


Shannon Farrington

Shannon is a retired solicitor. She worked in the City, specialising in shipping, insurance and reinsurance. She was a volunteer at St. Botolph’s Aldgate, working with homeless people. Shannon is a keen supporter of Christ’s Hospital, which has historic links to Richard Reeve’s Foundation.

Shannon joined the Foundation in 2011.

Gerald Rothwell

Gerald is Executive Director at Quilter Cheviot Investment Management, specialising in investment management for individuals, trusts and charities. He studied at Christ's Hospital and the London School of Economics before becoming a Partner and Director at Cheviot Asset Management and Laing & Cruickshank.

Gerald joined the Foundation in 2014.

Lorna Russell

Lorna Russell is the Foundation's nominated governor from Camden Council. She is a Labour Concillor for the Fortune Green ward in Camden, and takes an active interest in educational matters in the borough and beyond. She is a political consultant at communications firm Lansons.

Lorna joined the Foundation in 2015.

Jo Emmerson

Jo Emmerson has spent her career working across a range of educational establishments on projects that improve outcomes for young people. After leaving her most recent role as Education Works Director for the East London Business Alliance (ELBA), where she linked corporate companies with universities and schools, Jo formed her own consultancy ‘We Work Words’ that specialises in business development and growth for third sector and social enterprises. 

Jo joined the Foundation in August 2016.

Michael Hudson

Michael is a solicitor in private practice in the City of London. He is a Member of the City’s Court of Common Council (by whom he is appointed as a governor). He is a governor of the City of London Freemen’s School. Michael is a member of several City organisations, including the Painter-Stainers’ livery company, City Livery Club, Guild of Freemen and four ward clubs.

Michael joined the Foundation in August 2016.

Sotonye Odugbemi

Sotonye teaches Modern Foreign Languages in the London Borough of Sutton. She has a PhD in French and taught French literature at University College London. She also has experience in youth work.

Sotonye is an author, and has published research on slavery and the slave trade in Francophone West Africa.

Sotonye joined the Foundation in May 2017.  

Donna O'Neill

Donna O'Neill is currently a research and project manager for a management consultancy, but has spent a large portion of her career working in the charity sector in the USA, offering educational support to vulnerable families. She has lived in Camden for several years and, as a London parent, has a continued interest in educational provision in the city.

Donna joined the Foundation in May 2017.


Suzanna Nagle

Suzanna Nagle, the Clerk to the Governors, is responsible for implementing and evaluating the strategy, Suzanna has worked in the charities sector for 13 years runninga number of grant-making trusts and foundations, with annual grant-making spends of over £1m. These foundations focused on supporting education and she has worked with many educational charitites, organisations and education business partnerships over the years. 

Legal status

Richard Reeve's Foundation is a registered charity,
number 1136337 and a company limited by guarantee registered
in England and Wales, number 7226633.

Our registered address is 13 Elliott's Place, London, N1 8HX.

For more information, please read our latest Annual Report and Accounts.