Who we are

Patrons of the Retreat Association

We are very grateful to each of our patrons for their generosity in lending support to our work. They share with us a passionate belief in the value of stillness and silence and their involvement will be a great encouragement to those who seek to deepen their faith journey through retreats and reflective activities.

Dr Rowan Williams

Rowan Williams is a great supporter of the work of retreat centres, has contributed articles to the Retreats handbook and was a speaker at the 2015 Retreat Association Conference.

Abbot Christopher Jamison OSB

In 2017 he was elected Abbot President of the English Benedictine Congregation. Abbot Christopher has taken an active role as patron, taking part in a number of Retreat Association conferences and Summer Events.

Margaret Rizza

Margaret is an enthusiastic supporter of the work of the Retreat Association and led some memorable singing workshops at the 2015 Retreat Association Conference.

Her works include Sanctus Dominus, O Magnum Mysterium and Ave Maria.

Sara Maitland

Sara has been a contributor to our Retreats handbook and was guest speaker at our 2018 conference. We warmly welcome Sara to join us and look forward to working with her in the future.

Rev Graham Sparkes

Since becoming patron, Graham has been actively involved in many of the Retreat Association events, including the 2012, 2015 and 2018 Retreat Association Conferences and our annual Summer Events.

Trustees of the Retreat Association

The trustees of the Retreat Association are responsible for the governance of the organisation and for guiding its vision and mission. They work with the Director to develop the overall strategy of the Retreat Association.

The trustees are unpaid volunteers and meet three times a year, some also serving on sub-committees to provide additional support for the work of the organisation.

Our current trustees are:

Miss Sue Bennett

Mrs Susan Chastney

Rev Martin Davies

Mr Stewart McCredie

Mr Michael O’Halloran

Rev Tim Mountain

Mr Mark Sweeny

Miss Shirley Taylor

Rev Barry Preece (Chair)

Retreat Association Staff

Alison MacTier

Executive Director

Alison is the Director of the Retreat Association, with overall responsibility for the leadership of the charity. Alison has a professional background in book publishing and the charity sector. She is also a trained spiritual director and leads quiet days and retreats.

Clare Lake

Office Administrator

Having always had an interest in psychology and spirituality, and a desire to understand the human essence, it was a natural choice to contribute to The Retreat Association

Retreat Association Volunteers

Margaret Palladino

Margaret responds to our website enquiries concerning spiritual direction and retreats and is Secretary to the Catholic Spirituality Network, supporting the administration of their annual conference.

Jill Keegan

Jill helps out in a number of ways, in particular with the preparation of our annual handbook, Retreats, and with the planning of our three-yearly Conference. She also comes into the office to help with mailings and other tasks on an occasional basis.