Who We Are

Patron: Sir Tom Stoppard, OM, CBE, ORSL

Ecclesiastical Patron: The Rt Rev and Rt Hon The Lord Chartres KCVO ChStJ PC DD FSA


Charles Moore (now Lord Moore) – Chairman
Charles Moore, has been editor of The Spectator, the Sunday Telegraph and the Daily Telegraph. He now writes a weekly column for both the Daily Telegraph and The Spectator. His authorized biography of Margaret Thatcher was published in 2013.

Christopher  Geidt, (Lord Geidt), GCB, GCVO, OBE, QSO, PC, FKC is a member of the House of Lords and Chairman of the Council of King’s College London.  He was Private Secretary to Queen Elizabeth II and a Trustee of the Royal Collection Trust from 2007 to 2017.  He was Independent Adviser on Ministers’ Interests to Prime Minister Boris Johnson between 2021 and 2022.

James Miller
James Miller was born in 1951 and spent his childhood in a house that was formerly part of the conventual buildings of St. Ethelberga’s Foundation at Bicester. After university he joined Sotheby’s where he become head of the British Painting Deptartment.  He retired from Sotheby’s, having been Deputy Chairman, and is now an art consultant, researcher, writer and TV presenter.

Amanda Ponsonby
Amanda worked in Westminster from 1976 to 1991 – first for Geoffrey Howe when he was Shadow Chancellor and then Chancellor of the Exchequer, and then at No 10 for the Prime Minister.  After Mrs Thatcher had resigned and when her husband, Rupert, inherited an old rectory, Amanda moved to Oxfordshire to raise their three children. She is a founding member of The Rectory Society.

John Martin Robinson
John Martin Robinson is an architectural historian and an officer of arms.  He was born in Preston, Lancashire and educated at the Benedictine school at Fort Augustus, the University of St. Andrews (MA) and Oriel College, Oxford (DPhil) in 1970. He worked for the Greater London Council Historic Buildings Division from 1974. He is Maltravers Herald of Arms Extraordinary at the College of Arms, and was formerly Fitzalan Pursuivant of Arms Extraordinary from 1982. He was appointed Librarian to the Earl Marshal in 1978 and is also the archivist for the Duke of Norfolk. He is also a Knight of Magistral Grace of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. He lives in Lancashire and is an active member of The Georgian Group.

Deborah Alun-Jones
Deborah Alun-Jones read English at Emmanuel College, Cambridge followed by an MA at University College, London. She became an author and her latest book, The Wry Romance of the Literary Rectory, published by Thames & Hudson explores the role of the rectory as an inspiration for some of the greatest writers and poets. She is married with four sons and lives in Sussex.

Edward Perks

Edward Perks is currently a solicitor looking after private clients and he joined the Rectory Society as a Trustee in 2020.  His many interests include churches and architecture.


Paul Falinski – Honorary Treasurer
Paul Falinski: Born 1948.  A retired Chartered Accountant who, after qualification in 1973, worked in the City for Lloyds Bank for over 30 years.  He is married with three children and lives in Oxfordshire.

Alison Everington – Administrator, Secretary, Newsletter Editor
Alison joined the Rectory Society in 2009.  She lives with her family near Colchester in North Essex.

Serena Merton – Membership Secretary
Serena joined the Rectory Society in 2019.  She lives with her family in Warwickshire.

Juliet Chadwick – Archiving Project

Juliet joined the society in 2018 and she has taken on the task of archiving all known rectories, vicarages and parsonages in Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire.

Lucy Denton – Archiving Project

Lucy joined the society in 2023 and has taken on the task of archiving all known rectories, vicarages and parsonages in Yorkshire.

Fulham Palace gardens. Credit to be given "Matthew Bruce".