CCT Chief Executive Peter Aiers announces move to The Charterhouse

05 Jan 2022

Peter Aiers, Chief Executive of The Churches Conservation Trust, has been appointed the new Master and Chief Executive Officer of the Charterhouse, a 400-year-old almshouse charity in central London. Peter will succeed Ann Kenrick as 34th Master of the Charterhouse on 1st April 2022.

Peter 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 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 said of his appointment:

Although I am very excited about my new role at the Charterhouse, I am sad to be leaving CCT, and I am very proud of what we have achieved in the, nearly, 15 years I have been with the charity. Among the highlights have been the establishment of the Regeneration Team, the subsequent major projects of Bolton and Ipswich, as well as the ongoing programme of projects at Sunderland and Worcester about to be launched, the creation of Champing™ and more recently, CCT Digital which has brought so many new people to us. None of this could have been achieved without the fantastic CCT team and an excellent board of trustees.’

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.