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The Archbishop as Patron

An important part of the Archbishop's public engagement is his patronage or presidency of organisations pursuing many different good causes.

Along with national charities and institutions, he supports diverse interests and causes within the Church of England, the worldwide Anglican Communion, and secular and civic life.

This allows the Archbishop to support public and voluntary service, and affirm the work and achievements of these organisations.

The Archbishop's office and his patronage organisations maintain an active link with each other. During a year, the Archbishop will undertake a number of engagements directly related to this area of his work. This is likely to include extending hospitality at Lambeth Palace, so that he has an opportunity to meet the people directly involved. 

View the Archbishop's current patronages  

The Armed Forces

The Archbishop of Canterbury has a special link with the Armed Forces of the Crown, thanks to his role as Ordinary to the Anglican Chaplains serving in the Army, the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force.

"Ordinary" is an ecclesiastical term entitling the holder to exercise jurisdiction in his own right, but the Archbishop's role is much wider. He has overall responsibility for the pastoral and spiritual welfare of the chaplains, and can grant licences to officiate within the three services.

Day-to-day responsibility for this role is carried out by the Bishop to the Forces (currently the Rt Revd Dr Stephen Venner). Regular contact is maintained between the Archbishop's office and the Archdeacons of the Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force.

The Archbishop tries to undertake at least two engagements a year connected with Her Majesty's Forces and military chaplains. He is particularly keen to meet service personnel who have returned from active duty overseas.

Patronages of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby 

Roles described as 'ex officio' come with the office of the Archbishop of Canterbury and are handed over from one Archbishop to the next. This list was last updated in March 2013. It will be updated as new patronages are announced.



Airey Neave Trust Patron (2013)
All Souls College, Oxford Visitor (ex officio)
All Churches Trust Trustee (ex officio)
Anglican Centre in Rome, The Friends of  President (ex officio)
Archbishop Tenison’s CE High School, Croydon, Surrey   Nominates governors (ex officio)
Armed Forces Chaplains (Navy, Army, RAF)  Ordinary 
ATS & WRAC Association Benevolent Funds Vice-Patron (ex officio)
British Trust for Tantur  President (ex officio) 
Canterbury Christ Church University Chancellor (ex officio)
Charterhouse (Sutton’s Hospital), London  Governor (ex officio)
The Children’s Society President (ex officio)
Church Commissioners                                                   Chairman (ex officio)
Church Mission Society Patron
Church Urban Fund President (ex officio)
Churches Together in England Co-President 
Community of the Presentation Trust (Overseas aid)  Nominates trustee
Eastbridge Hospital, Canterbury, Kent Patron (ex officio)
Fresh Expressions Special interest 
Friends of Lambeth Palace Library President 
Friends of the Holy Land  Patron 
General Synod of the Church of England Co-President 
GFS Platform (Girls’ Friendly Society)  Joint President
The Guild of St Raphael Joint President
Henry Smith’s Charity Appoints trustee
Hospital of the Blessed Trinity, Guildford (Abbot’s Fund)  Visitor (ex officio)
Hospital of the Holy and Undivided Trinity, Croydon  Patron (ex officio)
Honourable Society of the Inner Temple Honorary Bencher (2013)
The Intercontinental Church Society  Vice Patron 
Keble College, Oxford Visitor (ex officio)
King’s College, London Visitor and Presentation Fellow (ex officio)
King’s School Canterbury Visitor (ex officio)
Lambeth Palace Library Trustees  Chairman
Magdalen Hospital Trust Appoints trustee
Merton College, Oxford Visitor (ex officio)
National Churches Trust Joint President (with the Archbishop of York) 
National Council for Social Concern Joint President (with the Archbishop of York)
The National Society President (ex officio)
National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children Vice Patron
Nikaean Club  President (ex officio)
Nikaean Ecumenical Trust Patron
Ouseley Trust Appoints trustee
Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Faversham  Appoints two foundation governors
Ralph Snow's Charity  Appoints trustees 
Ridley Hall, Cambridge Visitor (ex officio)
Royal College of Music Vice-President
Selwyn College, Cambridge Visitor (ex officio)
Skinners, Worshipful Company of  Freeman
St Andrew’s CofE Voluntary Aided High School, Croydon Appoints foundation governor
St Andrew’s (Ecumenical) Trust Patron
St Augustine’s Foundation  Elector
St Christopher’s Educational Trust Nominates trustee
St John’s and St Nicholas’ Hospitals, Canterbury (almshouses) Patron (ex officio)
St Luke’s Healthcare for the Clergy President
St Philip’s Centre  Patron
United Society (formerly USPG)
President (ex officio)
University of Kent at Canterbury
Westcott House, Cambridge  
Whitgift Foundation 
Visitor, appoints six governors
 Wycliffe Hall, Oxford Patron and Visitor