The Charterhouse announces the appointment of its 34th Master

The Governors of the Charterhouse, the 400-year-old almshouse charity in central London, have appointed Peter Aiers OBE, as the new Master and Chief Executive Officer.  Peter moves from being CEO of the Churches Conservation Trust and will succeed Ann Kenrick as 34th Master of the Charterhouse on 1st April 2022.

Peter Aiers has a distinguished record of leadership in a career dedicated to charitable activity and public service.  At the Churches Conservation Trust (CCT) Peter has worked closely with the Church Commissioners and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in caring for a collection of 356 historic churches across England.  Peter’s work at the CCT has involved a diverse range of stakeholders and individuals to ensure that communities are supported in delivering long-term sustainability of church buildings in a way that best meets their needs and aspirations.  He has a background in heritage conservation working for English Heritage. Local Government and the Diocese of London before joining the Churches Conservation Trust in 2007; he has been Chief Executive Officer since 2017.

Major General Andrew Ritchie CBE, Chairman of Governors of the Charterhouse, said ‘We are delighted to have appointed Peter Aiers as our new Master to take forward the work of the charity.  He will build on the fine legacy of Ann Kenrick who has led the charity through a period of remarkable change including the introduction of female Brothers, the opening of the institution to the public and more recently the immense challenges of the pandemic.  We are confident that Peter is the right person to lead us into the next era for the Charterhouse and we look forward to working with him.’

Peter Aiers said of his appointment:

 ‘I am honoured and excited to take this appointment as Master of the Charterhouse and look forward to joining this remarkable 400 year old charity, aware of the significant boots I have to fill.  I am looking forward to meeting the Brothers and the Team at the Charterhouse over the next few months and looking at the opportunities for the future.’

The Charterhouse exists to provide a home, a community, and lifelong care for older people in need, while sharing our heritage and investing in it for future generations.  The charity occupies an outstanding site containing historic buildings dating from the 14thcentury in Clerkenwell in the heart of London.  Over the centuries it has been a monastery, a Tudor mansion, a school and, continuously for 410 years, an almshouse.  2021 marked the 650th anniversary of the foundation of the Carthusian monastery in 1371 and we are marking the event with a campaign to raise £650,000 to support vital restoration work.

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Notes to editors:

Set deep within stone walls in the heart of Clerkenwell, the Charterhouse is a remarkable assembly of historic buildings dating from the 14thcentury.  Over the years it has been a monastery, a grand Tudor mansion, a school and, as it has remained for over 400 years, an almshouse. In 2017 the Charterhouse opened its doors to the public for the first time in its 660 year history, revealing the great story of this unique seven acre site at the heart of London, and creating income for the Charterhouse’s trading arm Carthusia Ltd. This income supports the site’s heritage and the Brothers, and enables the charity to fulfil its mission to share its story with the public and conserve it for future generations. To find out more about the Charterhouse, its museum, tours, venue hire and learning centre, and newly re-opened and refurbished Great Chamber, please visit www.thecharterhouse.org

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