The life and works of the monks of the Abbey of St Laurence are influenced by four jurisdictions: the Rule of St Benedict, the Constitutions of the English Benedictine Congregation, Canon [or Church] Law, and Civil law.
Ampleforth’s various Trusts and other legal bodies are subject to provisions of civil law, especially those elements pertaining to companies and registered charities.
In 1944, the entire estate, including the various parishes and outlying properties, was settled into a single deed and the deed became a registered charity. This is called the Ampleforth Abbey Trust. The works of the charity include the formation and subsequent ministry of Benedictine monks of Ampleforth Abbey, the maintenance of the monastic community and its property, education, the welcoming of guests and parish work in dioceses of the Roman Catholic Church.
The Trust board comprises lay and monastic trustees with oversight in a number of key areas, including safeguarding, strategy, finance, and estate management. The trustees meet bi-monthly.
The biographies of the individual trustees are set out below.
June Mulroy is the first lay Chair of the Ampleforth Abbey Trust, having become a Trustee in December 2019 and is a Chartered Accountant with over 40 years’ experience in both the private and public sectors both in the UK and overseas.
June, who graduated from Birmingham University with a degree in Psychology before going on to train as a Chartered Accountant has many years’ experience in helping organisations change direction and step up to new challenges. She has held senior Executive positions in The City of London, Unesco in Paris and more recently at The Pensions Regulator where her contribution to the protection of UK Pensions were recognised by the award of an MBE.
She has been a Non-Executive Director (NED) for over 25 years in Education and Health Provision. Having retired from full-time executive roles, June has devoted her considerable energies, skills and experience to an extension of Non-Executive roles. Until recently she was Interim Chair of South London and Maudsley Hospital, one of the largest in the UK (and oldest) Mental Health Hospital in the world. Her other NED roles include acting as a Governor and Audit Chair at St Mary’s University in Twickenham and being on the board of Broadacres Housing Association based in Northallerton.
Fr Chad Boulton OSB joined the monastic community in 1992 and worked as a Housemaster and Chaplain in Ampleforth College. He is currently Novice Master, responsible for vocations promotion, as well as being chaplain to one of the school boarding Houses.
Fr Gabriel Everitt OSB joined the monastic community at Ampleforth in 1990, having previously worked as an Anglican priest in Hartlepool. He taught in Ampleforth College in 1992 and was Head of the Department of Christian Theology from 1997 and also concurrently a Housemaster from 1997-2003. From 2004 – 2014 he was Headmaster of Ampleforth College. In September 2015 Fr Gabriel became Librarian at St Benet’s Hall, a Permanent Private Hall in the University of Oxford. In February 2018 he was appointed Prior Administrator of Ampleforth Abbey by the Abbot President of the English Benedictine Congregation. He was re-appointed for a further year in February 2019.
Fr Kevin Hayden OSB was ordained priest for the Archdiocese of Dublin in 1989 and joined the monastic community at Ampleforth Abbey in 2012. He is currently Dean of Hospitality.
Fr Bede Leach OSB was was a QS for a number of years before joining the monastic community in 1980. He taught briefly in the school and in 1989 became Assistant Procurator (Estate) and then Procurator from 1993-1997. Fr Bede has worked on a number of parishes and in the Hospitality team, and since 2012 has been parish priest of Our Lady & St Benedict, Ampleforth (with a chapel of ease in Gilling East).
Fr Cedd Mannion OSB studied at the University of York and University College London. He joined the monastic community at Ampleforth in 2007, and taught Chemistry in the school from 2009-2011. Fr Cedd studied theology at St Benet’s Hall in the University of Oxford and was ordained priest in June 2014. From 2013-2019 he again taught Chemistry in the school and has also been a House Chaplain. In recent years he has been a Safeguarding Lead for the Abbey Trust.
Edward Perry is Managing Director, Stanley Enterprise, Knowsley Estate, Merseyside. On behalf of the Earl of Derby, he manages two diverse and iconic business – Knowsley Safari and Knowlsley Hall – as part of the 16,000 acre Knowsley Estate. Through a senior management team, he leads 75 permanent employees (and up to 150 seasonal staff) and two leisure businesses with a £9m combined turnover. Edward was educated at Ampleforth College and his own children attended the school. He was appointed trustee in December 2019.
Fr Wulstan Peterburs OSB qualified as a Chartered Accountant and then taught Christian Theology in Ampleforth College before becoming a monk in 1998. He continued to work in the school and was then appointed Procurator in 2010, before becoming Headmaster of Ampleforth College 2016-2018. He was appointed Monastery Bursar in September 2019.
Joanna Taylor-Smith is the London-based Partner and Chief Financial Officer for the independent business consultancy Malcolm Hollis. Prior to her appointment to that post in 2018, Joanna had over 20 years’ experience managing companies’ finances on an international scale. She has worked with a number of organisations including McCann Worldgroup, MHP Communications and Porter Novelli.
Elements of Ampleforth’s works which are not part of the charitable trust (e.g. shops, St Alban’s Centre sports centre, commercial enterprises, lettings, etc.) are governed by a separate company established in 1952, Ampleforth Abbey Trading Limited, a private company limited by shares. Its board of directors comprises a number of monks and lay people.
In 2011 the St Benet’s Trust was established as private charitable company limited by guarantee for the governance of St Benet’s Hall, a Permanent Private Hall of the University of Oxford, founded by Ampleforth Abbey in founded in 1897 as a place for the monks of the Abbey and from other monasteries to live while they read for Oxford degrees. Today St Benet’s Hall matriculates undergraduates and graduate students of all faiths and none into the University to study a range of subjects across the Humanities and Social Sciences. The board of trustees, which meets termly, comprises a number of monks and lay people.
Ampleforth Abbey Trading Limited and St Benet’s Trust are wholly-owned subsidiaries of the Ampleforth Abbey Trust.
To contact the Ampleforth Abbey Trust please e-mail or write to the Clerk: Liam Kelly, firstname.lastname@example.org, Ampleforth Abbey, York YO62 4EN.
Key policies of the Ampleforth Abbey Trust can be accessed via the following links: