Submitted by nick.gazard on Thu, 08/12/2021 - 13:57

In 2020 we supported more than 1,300 individuals to the tune of over £2.6m. With a new brand and strategy in place, and a newly-appointed Chief Executive, the Trust is at a hugely exciting juncture, as it seeks to develop more and better programmes and partnerships, serving and supporting those who are, in their daily ministry, called to serve and support others.

At this time, we are particularly looking to recruit serving or retired clergy with experience of rural ministry to the Court. Having striven in recent years to increase the diversity of the Court, we are also very keen to hear from candidates with experience of disability, female candidates, and those who live in Wales, Scotland, Ireland, and the North of England.

Clergy Support Trust is the largest and oldest benevolent charity for Anglican clergy and their dependants. Founded in 1655 and with assets of over £120m, the charity provides financial grants and other forms of support to serving and retired ministers, ordinands, and clergy families.


The Court of Assistants (Board of Trustees) currently consists of sixteen members, representing a range of skills, backgrounds and roles; five members are ordained Anglican ministers, as is the current Chief Executive. With four Trustees retiring in November 2021, we are eager to recruit outstanding successors who will serve and represent the Trust with distinction.

The Court meets six times per year, and Trustees are also asked to serve on (at least) one of the Court’s four committees (Grants & Partnerships; Governance; Risk, Audit & Finance; Investment), which meet quarterly. At present, all meetings are virtual; from September 2021, we plan to move to a hybrid model involving both physical and online options.

The deadline for applications is 1pm Monday 31 August 2021 and interviews will be held in September.

Trustee candidate pack (PDF)

You will also need a Criminal Record Declaration form.