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Headmaster leaving for royal Appointment

Posted: 30th June 2012

HM the Queen appoints new Master for the Royal Foundation of St Katharine

I am delighted to announce, on behalf of the Governors, that Her Majesty the Queen has appointed the Revd Mark Aitken as the new Master of the Royal Foundation of St Katharine. This is a terrific opportunity for Mark, and I am confident that he will occupy the position with great distinction.
The Royal Foundation of St Katharine is a charitable foundation which operates a retreat and conference centre based in Limehouse within the heart of London’s East End. Just minutes from the City and Canary Wharf, St Katharine’s provides an unparalleled sense of peaceful seclusion as a venue for meetings, receptions and personal reflection.
The Royal Foundation of St Katharine has a long and rich history dating back to 1147. Enjoying Royal patronage, the Foundation has established itself as a facility for both practical and pastoral care in the East End of London overseen by its Master. The Court of the Royal Foundation of St Katharine, who act as its governors, have said that they are confident that Mark Aitken “will continue to build on the success achieved over recent years at St Katharine’s”.
The Foundation enjoys the title of ‘Royal Peculiar’, a site of worship which is under the jurisdiction of the British Monarch rather than a Bishop. This is a rare honour and there are only twelve such situations in the country.
Offering itself as a venue primarily for “not for profit” organisations by providing affordable meeting space, St Katharine’s allows space for action and interaction between many different faiths and nationalities. Locally it supports the work and endeavours of action groups and public sector bodies, hence St Katharine’s assumes a vital role in the regeneration of East End life.
We are thrilled that Mark has been offered such an honourable position and see it as an excellent reflection of his ability and experience. It is also a tribute to the reputation of the College that his work here has led to a royal appointment of such significance.
Mark will leave the College in fine shape and spirits when he departs at Christmas. The process to find his successor is well under way and the Governors are determined to find an exceptional candidate who will take the College from strength to strength.

D W Taylor
Chairman of the Governors

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