British Charity Trustees

The Optimum Kenya Trust was founded in late 2013 by Old Yorkists who were privileged to attend the Duke of York School many years ago, now renamed The Lenana School. The Founding Trustees of the Optimum Kenya Trust (OKT) are as follows;


John O'Grady, B.A.

Kirk House 1957 - 1960

Grogan House 1960 - 1962

After far too many years involved in IT marketing for mainly US owned hardware, software and services companies, I eventually established my own small company in Monaco before retiring a little too early. I now live in the South of France with my wife Rita and we are visited from time to time by our son Alexander and daughter Karin.

aLAN may,  FCA

Kirk House 1957 - 1961

Alan attended the Duke of York school from 1957 – 1961 as a boarder in Kirk House. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He worked in Kenya for 10 years, before moving to the UK in 1976 with his young family. He subsequently enjoyed a stimulating career in the development of a successful public company from which he retired in 2001. He now lives in Cornwall, playing golf and managing his own business interests. Alan is married to Maureen and they have a son Nick, who lives in Beijing and a daughter, Michelle, who lives close by with her two daughters.  



Nigel Gaymer, FCA.

Lugard House 1957 - 1962

I was a member of Lugard House, achieving more success on the sports field than in the classroom, but with many happy memories. Returning to England, I qualified as a Chartered Accountant and have spent an interesting and enjoyable career in business across a number of industries and I am still involved with a growing company in the medical world. I am also a Volunteer and Trustee of other charities and our local school.

Continuing my love of sport, I have played hockey up to veteran status and now try to spend a bit more time on the golf course.

I have two children, Adam and Kirstin, who both have growing families and have been very supportive since my wife Kate passed away. Recently, following a friend's introduction, I have a new and happy relationship with Liz and her family.



Alex O'Grady, M.Sci.

Alex is the son of John O'Grady and a founding Trustee of the Optimum Kenya Trust. He lives in London where he is a senior consultant for a software company. He has been to Kenya on many occasions and visited Lenana School. Alex is the curator of the Trust website you are now visiting and manages the Trust communications.

Kenya Charity Trustees

In addition to the Optimum Kenya Trust, another Trust has just been established in Kenya called the Msaada Kenya Trust which will work in conjunction with the OKT locally. Both Trusts have the same Object Clause, objectives and intentions. Richard Leakey, one of our more famous ex-pupils has agreed to be the Patron of the Msaada Kenya Trust. All of the Founding Trustees attended the Duke of York/Lenana School and they are as follows;

Ronnie Andrews

Speke House 1964 - 1968

Carey Francis House1968 - 1969

Ronnie was Captain of Rugby and Swimming at the school. He is the past Chairman of the Laibon Society and is a current member of  the Lenana School Board of Management. He attended Natal University from 1971 - 1974. Currently Ronnie is a Business Development professional with past experience in IT and the Physical Risk Advisory, Media and Hospitality sectors. He is married to Astra, lives in Karen and has a daughter Kari, married and living in Nairobi and a son Ross, also married, living in Cape Town.


Peter Gachuhi

Speke House 1975-1978

Peter is a Partner at Kaplan & Stratton Advocates and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Peter is also Deputy Chancellor of the Anglican Church of Kenya. The Church has offered chaplaincy at Lenana for decades.



James House 1977 - 1982

Chacha graduated with Honours from Nairobi University in 1987. He was admitted as an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya in 1988. Since 1989 he has been with Oraro and Company Advocates and he is currently the Managing Partner of the firm as well as the Head of Litigation. He has very extensive experience in most aspects of commercial and public life. Oraro have a formidable reputation for the quality of their work and are much repected both locally and from abroad. Chacha is married.


Gayling May, FCA.

Kirk House 1956 - 1960

Gayling has an extensive accounting background and is a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants (ICPAK) and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (FCPA). He has worked in the UK, USA and mostly in Kenya. He was with PWC for 37 years, 32 as a Partner/Regional Senior Partner. He is currently the Regional Representative of the East Africa Association, a business information service based in Nairobi. He is still very active with various directorships in banks, insurance companies and other commercial entities.


Dr Robin Mogere

Carey Francis House 1967 - 1972

After leaving Lenana, Robin attended Nairobi University, graduating with a Medical degree in 1978. He subsequently did his surgical training and specialisation at Guys Hospital in London between 1980 and 1988. Returning to Kenya in 1989, he became a Consultant Surgeon at Kenyatta National Hospital. He lectured widely and between 1989 and 2003 he was  appointed by the United Nations to be their Medical Advisor in Nairobi. He is currently Chairman of the Metropolitan Hospital in Nairobi and he also has a private clinic at the Nairobi Hospital.


Jonny Havelock, LCJ.

Kirk House 1957 - 1962

After DOY Jonny obtained his LLB degree from Southampton University and then worked for a firm of solicitors in the City of London for 2 years before returning to Kenya in 1969 and qualifying as a Kenya Advocate. He rose through the ranks with several law firms in Kenya, including Kaplan & Stratton, but he also "went commercial" for 9 years with the Block Hotels Group as their Company Secretary and Legal Officer and he held a similar position with Barclays Bank during another 4 year period. Between 2005 and 2011 he was the Senior Partner in Havelock, Muriuki, Advocates. In 2011 he was appointed to the High Court as a Judge, mostly handling commercial cases. Although officially retired, he is still active in the High Court, is a Trustee for several charities and also finds time to fish, play golf and tennis, and he enjoys the theatre and reading.   

John O'Grady and Nigel Gaymer are also trustees of the Msaada Kenya Trust.

"Richard Leakey" by Ed Schipul - on Wikimedia Commons, originally uploaded to Flickr. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons 

RICHARD LEAKEY - Patron of the trust

Delamere House - 1956-1960

Since leaving school Richard has made so many important discoveries, done so much and scaled the heights of Kenya's political, scientific and commercial landscapes and also survived so many challenging events, that it would be ridiculous to try and summarize it all here in so small a space. Currently he is the head of the Turkana Basin Institute and he has just been appointed, by Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta, for what is effectively his third time, to be head of the Kenya Wildlife Service. He is undoubtedly our most famous Old Yorkist/Laibon and we are honoured to have him as our Patron of the Msaada Kenya Trust.