Our Presidents and Patrons

A portrait of HM King Charles III
Hugo Burnand & The Royal Family

His Majesty King Charles III

We are honoured to welcome King Charles III as Patron of the National Churches Trust. This highlights the significance of UK churches and the important role that the National Churches Trust plays in keeping these wonderful buildings open and in good repair.

With so many churches facing increased repair costs and at risking of closing, the future of the UK’s churches is the single biggest heritage crisis today. The news of His Majesty King Charles III’s support will mean a great deal to our Friends, generous donors and the churches we are helping to keep open.

Find out how the Royal Family have played an important role in championing churches across the UK.

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The Duke of Gloucester and Claire Walker having a conversation
Andy Sillett & NCT

His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO ARIBA

The Duke of Gloucester has been a Vice Patron of the National Churches Trust for many years. He attends our annual National Church Awards, our yearly Carols by Candlelight Christmas concert and has visited some of the churches that have been greatly impacted by our grants and support.


Our Presidents

  • The Most Revd & Right Hon the Lord Archbishop of Canterbury
  • The Most Revd & Right Hon the Lord Archbishop of York

Our Vice Presidents

  • Sarah Bracher MBE
  • Anthony Brown
  • Bill Bryson OBE FRS
  • The Rt Revd & Rt Hon Lord Chartres GVCO FSA
  • John Drew
  • Huw Edwards
  • Dr Jenny Freeman OBE
  • Professor Alan Gillett OBE FRICS
  • Bryan Gray CBE DL
  • The Earl of Harrowby DL FRICS
  • Edward Harley CBE
  • Michael Hoare
  • Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam
  • Dr Bettany Hughes OBE
  • Alastair Hunter FCA
  • Dr John Inge, Bishop of Worcester
  • Lord Inglewood DL
  • Lady Nicholas Gordon Lennox LVO
  • Luke March DL
  • Lady Nutting OBE
  • Dr Rory O'Donnell FSA
  • Jeremy O'Sullivan
  • Sir Michael Palin CBE
  • Eric Parry RA
  • Prince Nicholas von Preussen
  • Most Revd George Stack, Archbishop Emeritus of Cardiff
  • Very Revd Henry Stapleton MBE
  • Richard Taylor
  • The Rt Hon the Lord Wallace of Tankerness KC