Helen Pepper
MA (Cantab) MEd (Cantab)
Head of Christian Theology

Helen has been a member of the Christian Theology department since 2010. Helen has an MA in Theology and Religious Studies from Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge and a PGCE and MEd from Darwin College, University of Cambridge. Helen is also a GCSE Religious Studies examiner for AQA and an A-level Philosophy of Religion examiner for OCR. Additionally, Helen has published for the CTS, ‘Calvary: through the eyes of Mary’ (2017) and is the fact checker for the BBC 'Bitesize' Religious Studies Roman Catholism revision pages.

  • John Grenham
    BAs in English and Philosophy and Theology and Anthropology
    Assistant Head of Christian Theology

    John holds degrees in English and Philosophy and Theology and Anthropology. He has taught for a number of years in Kent and was Head of Religious Education there before moving with his family to Yorkshire. He is currently Assistant Head of Christian Theology at Ampleforth and a tutor in St Aidan's House. 

  • Maaike Carter
    BA (Dunelm), BSc (Oxford Brookes)
    Christian Living Teacher

    Maaike graduated from Durham with a BA in Philosophy, Psychology and English, received a PGCE from Oxford University and went on to obtain a BSc from Oxford Brookes in Midwifery.  She now leads the Christian Living and Health Education programme at the College and assists in Chaplaincy with a focus on retreat provision for the girls.  Maaike is also a tutor in St Bede's House.  

  • Richard Hudson
    MA (Oxon), MA Cath Ed (London)
    Christian Theology Teacher

    Richard is an old boy of Ampleforth, leaving in 1984.  Having studied at Oxford, he trained and practised as a barrister.  He then spent three years in a religious community, followed by running an educational trust working in schools in south London. He has been teaching for 18 years.  He is Assistant Head of Sixth Form with responsibility for Year 12, as well as being a tutor in St Aidan’s and coordinator of the Friendship Holiday.

  • Gaelle McGovern
    MA (Oxon), MA (Lancaster)
    Christian Theology Teacher

    Gaelle completed a Theology degree at Oriel College, Oxford, before going on to take a Masters in Religious Studies at the University of Lancaster.  Before joining Ampleforth as Housemistress of St Margaret’s House, she worked at St Bede’s College in Manchester and St Mary’s School, Shaftesbury. Gaelle is now Assistant Head of Benedictine Development, working in the Chaplaincy team of the school.

  • James Rainer
    BA, MA (Dunelm)
    Christian Theology Teacher

    James arrived at Ampleforth in 2010 having spent four years studying at St John's College, University of Durham, where he was in receipt of a bursary from the Centre for Catholic Studies.  James has a BA in Theology and Religion and an MA in Religion and Society, specialising in the relationship between religion and the public square. James is also the Housemaster of St Cuthbert's House.

  • Alison Rogerson
    BTh (Surrey)
    Christian Theology Teacher

    Ali joined the College staff in January 2011 as a Teacher of Christian Theology and has been a tutor in St Dunstan’s since 2012. Prior to commencing teacher training she had practiced as a Chartered Building Surveyor for twenty years, during which time she studied for her Bachelor of Theology at St John’s Seminary, Wonersh. Ali is Lay Chaplain at the College and is responsible for, amongst other things, the planning and implementation of year group retreats and the Confirmation programme as well as various service outreach endeavours for students including the St Laurence Project and SHACworks.


  • Fr Henry Wansbrough OSB
    MA (Oxon), STL (Fribourg), LSS (Rome)
    Christian Theology Teacher

    Fr Henry taught Classics at Ampleforth College between 1965-1990, was Housemaster of St Thomas’ between 1969-1981, and Head of Junior House between 1981-1990.  As Master of St Benet’s Hall, Oxford from 1990-2004, he taught New Testament at Oxford (Lecturer, Worcester College) and was Chairman of the Theology Faculty of the University. He was also Alexander Jones Professor of Biblical Studies at Liverpool Hope University. He served on the Pontifical Biblical Commission for 11 years, was until recently a member of ARCIC and Executive Secretary of ICPEL.  He edited The New Jerusalem Bible and has published over 20 books and some 2,000 book reviews.  He has taught and lectured in Australia, Africa, America and Europe, and rejoined the teaching staff in 2011.  Fr Henry is also House Chaplain in St Oswald's House.