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) – our two Pilgrim Hostellers (Keith Tuck & Jeremy Gash) head a team which 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, sous-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. Ian McFarlane, assisted by Shane Wake, 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 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 Maureen Howard and Pauline Lovelock - both former teachers. They are assisted with school visits by Alan Heath and Geoff Arden.

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 three security officers (Errol McColl, Jonathan Bardwell and Trevor Vincent (relief ).

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