The staff

Under the overall direction of the Priest Administrator, the Shrine staff cover all aspects of the complex operation needed to welcome pilgrims throughout the year. During the two months – December and January – when the accommodation is closed, there is also much to be done cleaning and refurbishing in readiness for a new pilgrimage season.

The Priest Administrator works closely with the Director of Finance and Services to achieve the smooth running of the Shrine.

The Shrine Office – is where all major financial, legal and administrative work for the Shrine is performed. Housed in offices above the Shrine Shop the staff include the Director of Finance and Services (Sarah Carter), the Shrine Office Manager (Marisa Kontochristos) and the Finance Officer (Russell Roberts).

The Hospitality Department (Reception and Housekeeping) is headed by Keith Tuck (Hospitality Manager), assisted by Jeremy Gash (Pilgrim Hosteller). The team includes reception staff (Lisa Sayce, Karen Newell and Lesley Hughes). Lisa Sayce is also Head of Housekeeping in charge of the hugely important body of housekeepers.

The Refectory and Norton’s Cafe-Bar – Pat Marshall is the Catering Manager working with Simon Walker (Head Chef) and a team of chefs and kitchen porters. Carol Wake is the dining room manager with a strong group of assistants who work to keep the refectory looking clean and tidy. Shane Wake, assisted by Melissa McColl, Kieran George and Zachary Green, looks after Norton’s Cafe-Bar which has its own team of chefs.

The Shrine Shop – is managed by Robert Graham with the help of Nicky Platten, Dominique Smalley, Sue Kimbley, Isla Clarke and Sue Hart.

The Development/Membership Office – Peter Macken (Director of Development) is assisted in all aspects of outreach by Nigel Maggs-Oosterhagen (Membership Officer) and Stuart Grout (Membership Assistant).

The College/Shrine Church ­– Fr Kevin Smith’s (Priest Administrator) department, with his PA (Venetia Davies), Shrine Priest (Fr Andreas Wenzel), the Director of Music (Nick Kerrison) and the sacristans (Marc Thurlow and Stuart Grout).

The Schools Department – is administered by Caroline Ward. Maureen Howard, Pauline Lovelock, Alan Heath and Geoff Arden  - are all former teachers who assist with school visits to the Shrine.

Maintenance/Health & Safety/Security – Karl Jackson (our fully qualified Health and Safety Officer) heads a team of two maintenance men (Peter Jackson and Tom Lane) and two security officers, Errol McColl and Jonathan Bardwell. Tom Lane acts as relief security.

The Gardens – Steve Eley is our full-time gardener. Every month Tessa Hobbs - the garden's designer, helps Steve with new planting and innovation.