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We have announced Richard Farmbrough as our new Senior Treasurer (Chair). His appointment comes at a time when we are seeing unprecedented need from clergy and their families.

A supporter of the charity for more than a decade, and someone who grew up in a vicarage, Richard is a home-grown Chair. His father, David Farmbrough was chairman of the Clergy Orphan Corporation, which now forms part of Clergy Support Trust. Richard also brings extensive experience from his successful business career in the television industry.

In 2022, we supported over 2,300 clergy households with £4.9m in grants, £950,000 of which was to cope with the cost of living. This year, the figure is likely to be 20% higher, with just under £6m in total grants provided to households in times of need, and with more applications still to be paid in December.

“The role Clergy Support Trust plays is more important today than ever before, and we are reaching more people with greater levels of help than at any time in our history."

"I feel privileged to be taking on the role of Senior Treasurer at such an important time. I am looking forward to helping our excellent staff face the challenges of the charity’s next phase and continuing their good work supporting clergy and their families.”

Senior Treasurer (Chair), Richard Farmbrough

Changes to our Court of Assistants

Two other new appointments were also welcomed at the Annual Assembly, with current Trustee, Constance Chinhengo moving to become a Treasurer (Vice Chair), and Anna McDonald joining us as a new Trustee.

Three other trustees completed their period of service - The Reverend Canon Jack Dunn, Stephen Hogg and Alderman Robert Hughes-Penney. They were thanked for their input and commitment to the work of the Trust and the people we seek to serve.

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Richard Farmbrough, Senior Treasurer

Richard is the son of a clergyman. An award-winning television producer, he has extensive experience in the media sector and runs a television production company. He lives in London.


Anna McDonald

Anna McDonald

Anna is Director of Global ESG Strategy at PGIM, the investment management business of Prudential Financial, Inc. She previously ran the Ethical Investment Advisory Group (EIAG) of the Church of England, and is also on the Finance & Investment Committee of the charity, Stewardship.

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Constance Chinhengo, Treasurer

Constance is a senior manager at the Financial Ombudsman Service. Her background is in financial services, previously with HSBC and Prudential Insurance. She is a youth mentor with The Salvation Army.

The Revd Canon Simon Butler, standing in front of a stained glass window.

A very big thank you

Tributes were also paid to the work of our outgoing Senior Treasurer, The Reverend Canon Simon Butler, who is stepping down after five years in the role.

During this time, we have increased the range of support available with a new counselling service, a visiting caseworker team, and Wellbeing Workshops for dioceses. Simon will continue to serve as a Trustee.

“It has been a privilege to work alongside Simon, who has led the Court of Assistants during one of the most challenging times in our history.

“Simon has served as Chair during the Trust’s response to the pandemic and the cost-of-living crisis, which have seen us expand the range of support available to clergy families in times of need.”

Chief Executive, The Revd Ben Cahill-Nicholls