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Governance structure

Governance structure

The Priory is governed by the Prior and the Priory Council, the members of which are trustees and are legally responsible for the governance and management of the Priory. The trustees of the Priory were incorporated as a body on 10 November 1999, known as The Incorporated Trustees of the Priory of England and the Islands of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem, under Part VII of the Charities Act 1993.

The Prior, the Dean, the Chancellor and the Chief Commissioner are ex officio members of the Priory Council and also trustee directors of St John Ambulance (see below). They are appointed to the Priory Council by HRH The Grand Prior of the Order of St John on the recommendation of the Priory Chapter.

Up to seven further trustees of the Priory, including at least one independent trustee, are appointed by the Priory Chapter on the recommendation of the Nominations Committee, which takes into consideration the relevant skills and experience necessary to match the competencies required by the Council.

Priory Chapter

The Priory Chapter is a consultative body of 48 members including a number of ex-officio and specialist members (eg. Clerics, clinicians and youth representatives) and 31 members representing various parts of England.

In addition to this role supporting the Trustees, the Chapter also retains a number of constitutional roles (e.g. recommend changes to the Priory Rules for approval by HRH The Grand Prior, appointing the majority of the Priory Trustees, and appointing the charity’s auditors).

Priory Rules

The Priory Rules are the principal constitutional document of the Priory.  The rules were first drafted in 1999 when the reorganisation of the Order took place and the Priory of England and the Islands was created, becoming an establishment of The Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem.

The Rules have been progressively updated since that time with a recently updated set of Rules being approved to reflect the conclusion of the Priory’s recent Governance Review.

To download a copy of the Priory Rules, please click here.


The Priory in action

  • Susan’s Story

    Susan’s Story

    *Susan, a serving member of the Royal Navy was told that she was seriously ill and would be unable to continue her military career. The DMWS Welfare Officer spent a lot of time with Susan, talking through the devastating news.

    Besides offering Susan and her family reassurance and support, during an extremely stressful and frightening time, the DMWS Welfare Officer liaised with other agencies and together they provided a package of support, tailored to Susan’s specific needs.

    During those early days, the DMWS Welfare Officers also spent time with Susan’s  family and offered them reassurance on the treatment plan ahead.  They were assisted with accommodation as well as transport to and from the hospital and given information on local services.

    DMWS continued to visit Susan daily and supported her and her family throughout her treatment.

    Susan and her family have remained in touch with the DMWS Welfare Officers who were there for her and her family during the frightening and stressful diagnosis and treatment plan.

    *Name changed to protect confidentiality