College Governance

Stairs003Sarum College is an independent charity.

Charitable activity income comes from educational programmes, bookshop and library, charitable hospitality and other income from property, principally rent from the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM).

The College has a trading subsidiary which channels hospitality activity which is not strictly within its charitable purposes, but the College views all hospitality activity as part of life and purpose. Sarum is grateful for the voluntary grants, donations and legacies that it receives without which it would not be able to do all the activities that it does.

The full accounts can be found on the Charity Commission website and the financial review is on page 8 of that document.

The Bishops of Salisbury and of Bath and Wells are at all times Foundation Trustees by virtue of their office. New or additional Trustees are appointed by the existing body of Trustees. Trustees (other than the Foundation Trustees) serve for a four-year term and are then eligible for re-appointment for one further four-year term only.

The Trustees are responsible for overseeing Sarum’s management and administration. Their responsibilities include:

  • Sarum’s policies, finances, budget and management;
  • envisioning Sarum’s future;
  • planning Sarum’s strategic development; and
  • giving guidance and direction to the College Leadership team.

The Board of Trustees have three appointed committees. These are the Executive Committee, The Board of Studies and the Nominations and Remuneration Committee.

The Principal, The Reverend Canon Dr James Woodward, working with the College’s leadership team, is  responsible for Sarum’s day-to-day management.

Members of the College leadership team are:

Mrs Linda Cooper, Director of Hospitality
Mr Mark Manterfield, Bursar and Deputy Principal
Ms Christine Nielsen-Craig, Director of Development and Marketing and Deputy Principal
The Reverend Canon Dr James Steven, Academic Dean and Coordinator of the Centre for Liturgy and Worship
The Revd Canon Dr James Woodward, Principal

Current Trustees of the Sarum College


Foundation Trustees

The Right Reverend Peter Hancock, Bishop of Bath and Wells

The Right Reverend Nicholas Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury


Nominative Trustees

Ms Bev Flanagan

The Ven Sue Groom

The Right Reverend Alastair Redfern, Chair.

His personal message reads:

‘In a time when formal religion seems to struggle to connect with people – Sarum, in it’s message and it’s methods, offers a special place and a series of imaginative communities for nourishing the soul, growing wholeness, and giving confidence for a richer future. The way of Christ being opened through joining in the seeking and sharing of a Spirit of grace and goodness. Sowing seeds of new hope amidst individual anxiety and institutional unconfidence.’

Ms Clare Sellars

Professor David Sims, Chair of the Board of Studies

The Reverend Canon Dr Robert Titley

The Reverend Canon Dr Andrew Wood

Sir Marcus O’Lone

Mr Tim Mynott


Nominative Co-optive Trustees

Bishop Declan Lang

Ms Emma Osborne


In Attendance

Dr Jayme Reaves, Staff Representative

Mr Mark Manterfield, Bursar and Deputy Principal

Ms Christine Nielsen-Craig, Director of Development and Marketing and Deputy Principal

The Revd Canon Professor James Woodward, Principal


Sarum College is a registered charity in England and Wales, Charity No. 1161253, Company No. 951356. Sarum College’s trading subsidiary is Sarum College Services Ltd, Company No. 1931038.

For more information on Sarum College governance and charitable activities, visit the About Sarum College page or the Charity Commission website.