Sir Peter Lampl

Honorary graduates 2010-11

Sir Peter Lampl (LLD)

Saturday 22 January 2011, 11:30am

Peter Lampl, a graduate of Oxford University and the London Business School, is the chairman and founder of the Sutton Trust. Peter founded the Trust in 1997 with the aim of improving social mobility through education. It has funded a wide range of access projects in early years, school and university settings, and now focuses primarily on research and policy work, as well as a number of innovative pilot initiatives.

The Trust exists to combat educational inequality and prevent the subsequent waste of talent. It is particularly concerned with breaking the link between access to educational opportunities and family background, and in realising a system in which young people are given the chance to prosper, regardless of their background, the school they happen to attend or the area in which they live.

Before establishing the Trust, Peter was a successful entrepreneur and founder and chairman of the Sutton Company, a Private Equity firm with offices in New York, London and Munich. He completed the acquisition of 13 businesses both in Europe and the United States and the growth in sales, earnings and employment of companies owned resulted in a substantial increase in the value of equity invested.

Prior to founding the Sutton Company in 1983, Peter was with the Boston Consulting Group in Boston, Paris and Munich and held a number of senior management positions at International Paper in New York.

Peter was awarded an OBE in 1999 and a knighthood in 2003.