The sovereign and the heir are the two Royal Governors and the Archbishop of Canterbury is the Archiepiscopal Governor. The sixteen Governors are the charity trustees and the Assembly of Governors is a body first formulated by Thomas Sutton on 22 June 1611. It meets three times a year and is assisted by a number of committees.

The Governors are patrons of ten Church of England livings, which are mostly places where Thomas Sutton owned property: two are in the Diocese of Lincoln, one in Norwich, three in Ely and four in Chelmsford.

Royal Governors

  • Her Majesty the Queen
  • His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales

Archiepiscopal Governor

  • The Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Reverend & Right Honourable Justin Welby MA


  • Michael Cassidy CBE
  • The Bishop of London, the Rt Revd and Rt Hon Dame Sarah Mullally DBE
  • The Duke of Norfolk DL
  • The Most Hon. The Marquess of Salisbury KG KCVO PC DL


  • Major General Andrew Ritchie CBE, Chairman
  • Caroline Abrahams
  • Sufina Ahmad MBE
  • The Baroness Kay Andrews OBE
  • Timothy Boxell LLB
  • Caroline Cassels LVO RGN DMS
  • Bernadette Cunningham
  • David Farnsworth
  • Dr Michael Harding MBBS MRCS LRCP DRCOG
  • Peter Hodgson CBE FCA DL
  • Daniel Hodson MA FCT
  • Simon Kitching FRICS
  • Kate McLeod
  • Rebecca Munns
  • Wilf Weeks OBE

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