We are a charity with a rich heritage, contemporary outlook and highly dedicated team of trustees and staff. Established in 1655 and governed by a Royal Charter from Charles II, we are one of the oldest Anglican clergy support charities, and now certainly the biggest. We provide financial grants and other support to serving and retired Anglican clergy, ordinands and clergy families, where there is particular hardship or need, whether financial or health-related.
In 2019 we gave out over 1,600 grants totalling some £3.1 million. In 2019 we relaunched the charity, previously known as Sons & Friends of the Clergy, with a bold and more inclusive new brand and an ambitious four-year strategy aimed at making our grant-making more focused and doubling the number of clergy families which we help. The re-brand exceeded our expectations, and already we saw a two-thirds increase in the number of beneficiary households helped in 2019.
Having conducted a review of the current skills, expertise and demographic mix within the board, known under our Royal Charter as the Court of Assistants, trustees are particularly keen to improve its diversity.
Trustees would therefore be glad to receive applications from candidates from a black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) background and from women. They have further agreed to prioritise the recruitment of new trustees with expertise in the area of investment (essential) and law (desirable).
You will be a proven leader within your field, with strategic acumen and an ability to see the bigger picture and challenge the status quo. Excellent communication, interpersonal and influencing skills are a must, as are good independent judgment and the ability to think creatively and to speak openly – and you will be someone who cares deeply about the wellbeing of Anglican clergy families today.
For further information, and for details of how to apply, please download our trustee candidate pack.