Our Board of Trustees

We are lucky to have an amazingly dedicated and hard-working Board of Trustees, all of whom come from different backgrounds and provide a wealth of knowledge and expertise that the charity could not do without.


The Board

Oliver Haarmann is our Chair of Trustees. He is a Founding Partner at Searchlight Capital Partners, a private investment firm. Previously, he served as a Partner at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. Ltd. (KKR) for 12 years. Before this, he worked for various firms in the investment industry in the United States and Europe. He received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 1996 and has a dual B.A. in History and International Relations from Brown University.

Sophie Lewisohn has been closely involved in the development of the charity. She brings her experience in finance and economics to the governance of the organisation.

Steve Windsor is our Treasurer. Steve first became involved with IntoUniversity through his work on the Goldman Charitable Giving Committee in 2010 and has been a dedicated supporter of the charity ever since. 

Sarah Havens was a Member of IntoUniversity’s Funding and Development Council and currently Chairs the Public Events Committee. She also works directly with students in their academic support programme. Sarah is active with other charities, serving on the Friends Committee of the Whitley Fund for Nature and as a Board member of the Lef-Pillon Trust.

Clare Richards is Chief Executive of The ClementJames Centre as well as a Trustee of IntoUniversity. Clare has been at the centre of developing our educational programme. Previously, Clare was a teacher.

Sir Eric Thomas was until recently the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bristol. In 2011 he was also made President of Universities UK and his other roles include being Chair of the Board of CASE Europe. 

Nilufer von Bismarck has been a Partner at Slaughter and May since 1994. Nilufer has a wide corporate, commercial and financing practice, with a corporate client base ranging from large listed companies to small listed and unlisted companies. Her practice includes private and public mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, IPOs, financings, equity and debt capital markets transactions and corporate governance.

Christoph Henkel is Founding Partner of Canyon Equity LLC, a private equity firm specializing in hotel and resort development. His business experience includes general management positions at Interpublic Company, Nestle S.A and Henkel AG. He has been a non-executive director at Loctite Inc., Clorox Inc. and Henkel AG.  As a board member he has served on HR, nomination and finance committees.

Julian Granville is Chairman of Boden having been CEO from 1997 to 2017. He also chairs Monica Vinader and sits on the Advisory Panel of Piper Private Equity.

Rory Brooks CBE became a trustee in 2019. He founded the private equity group, MML Capital, in 1988. His family philanthropic engagements span poverty research, social justice, higher education and contemporary art.

Pasha Michaelsen works across the fields of education and migration. She is head of operations for Refugee Support Network, which supports young refugees and asylum seekers to succeed in education and vice-chair of Praxis, which provides holistic support to migrants across London. Previously, Pasha was a finance solicitor.





Quotes from our Board of Trustees

“It has been a rewarding and enriching experience to see IntoUniversity develop from a local project to a network of centres.”

- Sophie Lewisohn, Trustee of IntoUniversity

"One of the most satisfying parts of my working life is my association with IntoUniversity.  To be involved with such a ground-breaking charity that is demonstrably making a difference to so many young people’s lives is both humbling and inspiring."

- Patrick Derham, Trustee of IntoUniversity

"IntoUniversity provides the best model I have seen to support students from disadvantaged backgrounds in aspiring to, and achieving, academic success.  Warm, welcoming and motivational, the IntoUniversity Education Workers inspire and encourage young people to do their best, and provide them with the support that they need to fulfill their academic potential."

- Ros Smith, Special Advisor to the Board of Trustees