The Court - RFSK - The Royal Foundation of St Katharine
St Katharine's London Retreat Centre

The Court

The Court is the Foundation’s governing body, and at present comprises 12 trustees, some of whom are ex-officio members (that is they are trustees because of the office they hold) and others are appointed, by the Patron, HM The Queen, the Lord Chancellor or by the Court itself.

The current trustees are:

The Revd John Tattersall

John Tattersall, Chair of the Court, is a Chartered Accountant who retired as a partner in PwC in 2009 after working there since 1975, latterly as Head of the Financial Services Regulatory Practice and a senior client relationship partner. He was ordained in the Church of England in 2007 and serves as a priest in Oxford Diocese where he is also Chair of the Diocesan Board of Finance. He continues to work as a non-executive director in the City where he is Chair of UBS Limited and also of UK Asset Resolution (including Bradford & Bingley PLC and NRAM Limited) and Retail Charity Bonds PLC. He is also a board member of CCLA Investment Management, the Community of St Anselm and St Augustine’s College of Theology.

The Revd Mark Aitken – Master of the Royal Foundation

The Revd Mark Aitken became Master in January 2013. After curacies in Finchley and Radlett, he became a Vicar on the edge of Norwich which saw him fully involved in the life of a large suburban parish.

A course at St George’s Windsor changed his direction and so he then spent eleven years as a chaplain of Sherborne School before being becoming the Head of an independent school in Ramsgate. This experience he found fascinating as it challenged him to find ways of shaping a whole community to have a religious ethos.

His role as a Head means that he has also been deeply involved in the whole process of running an organisation, attending not only its ethos, its day to day life but also its direction of travel.

The Rt Revd and Rt Hon Dame Sarah Mullally – the Bishop of London

As a former nurse, Bishop Sarah had a distinguished service in the NHS before ordination, culminating in her appointment as the Government’s Chief Nursing Officer for England in 1999, when she was the youngest person to be appointed to the post. She was ordained in 2001 and served her curacy in Battersea, initially as a self-supporting minister. She took up full time ministry in 2004, becoming a Team Rector in the Diocese of Southwark, in 2012 Canon Treasurer at Salisbury Cathedral and in 2015 Bishop of Crediton. Bishop Sarah became 133rd Bishop of London on 8 March 2018. She is a member of the Privy Council and House of Lords, and was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire in 2005 in recognition of her outstanding contribution to nursing and midwifery. Bishop Sarah is also an independent Governor at King’s College London.

Scott Furssedonn-Wood

Details to follow

Ian Graham

Ian Graham brings to the Court knowledge of hotel brand management, operational
management and asset management accumulated over a 50+ year career with executive experience in 60+ countries. Starting ten years ago, he provided turnaround, accounting and control & IT advice to RFSK and then 6 years ago was appointed a trustee. Ian believes RFSK now has both a strong balance sheet and up-to-date operating competencies to assure a long future – yes, maybe another 800+ years!

Andrew Grigson

Andrew is a Chartered Surveyor and has worked across UK and international property markets since the mid-1990s. He works in investor relations for a global investment manager. Appointed as a trustee in 2014 Andrew brings significant experience of property investment and development as well as asset and project management.

Dr Joy Hinson

Joy Hinson brings to the Court a background of 35 years in academic science and education. She is currently self-employed. She has experience of policy development, staff development, coaching and equalities issues. Joy has served on the board of several charities in the science, education and faith sectors and has an interest in charity governance. Joy joined the Court in 2016 and brings a strongly Christian feminist perspective to discussions. In her spare time Joy
is a gardener, cook, writer and eco-warrior.

Sir Stephen Lamport KCVO DL

Stephen Lamport joined the Court in 2004. He brings to the Foundation the experience of a wide-ranging career in the Diplomatic Service, the Royal Household and the City. He has been for the last ten years Receiver General of Westminster Abbey, whose links to the Foundation provide a further source of support for St Katharine’s contribution to the church and the community.

Elizabeth Marshall

Elizabeth Marshall is the Bishop of Stepney’s nominee to the Court; she currently chairs the Steering Committee on the major Northern Site project which she believes offers RFSK a very exciting future of worship, hospitality, and service to the community. Elizabeth is a long-term member of a nearby parish, a member of Deanery and Diocesan Synods and is a lay member of the Diocesan Audit Committee. With a background in public service, before retirement, Elizabeth was in senior management at the financial services regulator. She has since carried several voluntary roles, including ten years on the Council of Queen Mary University of London, and seven as a director of the then regulatory body for ethical standards in local government. She continues to work on ethical standards in other organisations, and as a charity trustee.

Geoffrey Richards

Geoffrey Richards is Vice-Chairman and has served on the Court since 2007. He is a retired solicitor and is involved in a number of charities and non-profit organisations. He fully supports RFSK’s twin objectives both as a place of peace for retreats and as an outward looking community centre in a highly diverse area, and believes current development plans will enable the Foundation to pursue those objectives even more effectively.

David Swanney

David Swanney, the Treasurer of St Katharine’s, is a chartered accountant and retired banking regulator. After moving from the accounting profession, David had a twenty-year career at the Bank of England, and latterly the FSA, mostly in banking supervision.

Since 2002, David has worked with the Joint Money Laundering Steering Group – he is the author of the JMLSG’s anti-money laundering Guidance for the financial sector. From 2006 to 2011 he was a public member of the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board. David is also a non-executive director of a number of smaller UK banks, and is a trustee of several charitable organisations, as well as being active in his local deanery within the Diocese of Ely.

Dame Annabel Whitehead

Annabel Whitehead has been involved with charities for some 50 years; for 20 years she worked with the Invalid Children’s Aid Association (ICAN), firstly on the Appeals Committee and then for 10 years as a Member of the Executive Committee, She was a Governor of the Association’s Meath School (for children with profound speech and hearing problems) for 5 years. She worked for The Princess Margaret for 31 years, and is now a Lady-in-Waiting to the Patron, HM The Queen and is, to a certain extent, her eyes and ears at the Foundation.

Mike Miller

Secretary to the Court – please contact him at [email protected]