Fundraising Lead Trustee

If you have extensive experience of fundraising here is an opportunity to make a difference as trustee with fundraising responsibility in assisting the monastic community in its mission to the Church and society in the 21st century. You will play a pivotal role in ensuring financial resilience and income generation in the furtherance of its monastic life and apostolic works. 

Why join us?

Ampleforth Abbey is home to England’s largest Benedictine monastic community, 40 monks who live according to the Rule of St Benedict. The community has been in this part of North Yorkshire, an area of outstanding natural beauty in the Howardian Hills and on the edge of the North York Moors, since 1802.

The Trust seeks to appoint a trustee who will help deliver the Trust’s Strategic Plan Choosing a Future Together and, with particular responsibility for fundraising, help develop a comprehensive fundraising strategy. 

The Trustee Board comprises monastic and lay trustees with a comprehensive mix of skills. Ampleforth Abbey Trust is seeking to invite an additional lay trustee to join the Trustee Board and provide particular oversight of the fundraising activity of the charity, with the expertise and experience to align fundraising with the charity’s overall Strategic Plan and ensure effective income generation.

The Board holds approximately six business meetings each year at Ampleforth and provides the capability for lay trustees to join virtually if they are unable to attend a particular meeting in person. Information is regularly shared and, on occasion, business transacted by e-mail between meetings.


It is expected that Trustees will normally serve on at least one committee.

The time commitment for a trustee is around 15 days per year (plus travel time to Ampleforth).

The role is non-remunerated, although reasonable out of pocket expenses are paid in line with the Trust’s policy on expenses.

For further details please contact the Company Secretary, Liam Kelly:


Application Process

The Trust values diversity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. 

Please e-mail your application to Liam Kelly, Company Secretary at Ampleforth Abbey Trust and Clerk to the trustees, at

Completed applications must be received by 12.00 noon on Friday 17 May 2024. Candidates short-listed for interview will be notified in the week beginning 20 May 2024 and interviews will be held at Ampleforth Abbey on Thursday 30 May 2024. 

Applications should include:

  • Cover letter, accompanied by CV
  • The contact details of two referees