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Stephen Withnell

Foundation Director

Stonyhurst Foundation

Director’s Message

Throughout its long history, Stonyhurst College has embraced opportunities and change to ensure that it remains a leader in education.  Today, following that tradition, The Stonyhurst Foundation builds on the past as it looks to the future by establishing a ring-fenced, bursary fund for current and future generations.

The goal is to provide assistance to young people locally, nationally and internationally, who have a desire to join Stonyhurst but who otherwise would not be able to attend.  The Stonyhurst Foundation will invest in those young people who have as much to give to the Stonyhurst community as they will gain from being part of it.

The College is proud that around 30% of pupils are in receipt of some level of fee support or bursary assistance at an annual cost to the College of £3M.  However, the support is currently funded from income and limited reserves and this model cannot be sustained.

By setting up the Stonyhurst Foundation, a ring-fenced, capital protected, bursary fund, we are removing financial barriers and making a transformational Jesuit education accessible to even more pupils.

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Stonyhurst Foundation
Stonyhurst Foundation

Our Mission:

The Stonyhurst Foundation exists because:

We want any child from any part of society to have the opportunity to live, work and grow at Stonyhurst, the oldest continuously existing Jesuit school in the world.

 

 

Stonyhurst Foundation

Our Mission:

Why?

Because it is a moral and a religious imperative.   Because it is integral to the spirit of Catholic and Jesuit education.   Because its aims can be living proof of our commitment to the Jesuits’ Universal Apostolic Preferences.  Because the UK needs a truly excellent, socially diverse, independent Catholic school.

Stonyhurst Foundation

Our Mission:

How?

Through the establishment of The Stonyhurst Foundation, a permanently endowed, ring-fenced dedicated Bursary Fund, for Stonyhurst College.

 

Stonyhurst Foundation

Our Mission:

When?

Now.   The Formation of The Stonyhurst Foundation has followed an extensive consultation and preparation phase.    Together with the proceeds from the 2019 425 Bursary Appeal, we have received over 300 donations already.

Our Ambition

The Stonyhurst Foundation aims to be the largest ring-fenced independent bursary and fee assistance charity
of its kind in Catholic independent education in the UK.

The Stonyhurst Foundation is unique: no other Catholic independent school has a comparable Foundation
dedicated to widening access for the public benefit.

We will grant fee assistance on both a ‘means blind’ and a ‘means tested’ basis.

The Stonyhurst Foundation has received overwhelming financial support prior to launch.   Given the extent of early
successes, the Foundation is looking to the future, confident that its ambitious mission will be
welcomed by the wider community, ensuring that Stonyhurst continues to be a beacon of
educational excellence on both the national and international stage.

Our Trustees

Michael Joseph
Chairman of Trustees

Michael Joseph

Michael is an alumnus of Stonyhurst. Michael left the college in 1959 having been a member of the 1st XV, an altar server and a Committee Member.   He then joined the family business in Birmingham

He is married to Frances and they have 6 children, now very much adults.   The oldest and youngest are both girls with 2 sets of boy twins, Antony and Richard and Peter and Philip, who went to the College.

Michael has previously served as a Stonyhurst Governor and is both a past Chairman and past President of the Stonyhurst Association.   For 20 years he has believed that a permanent endowment is needed to finance bursaries and fee assistance so is delighted to join the Stonyhurst Foundation as a Trustee.

John Browne
Trustee

John Browne

John is Headmaster of Stonyhurst.  He was appointed as Headmaster of Stonyhurst in 2016.   Stonyhurst is John’s 3rd Headship in independent day and boarding schools.

Prior to joining Stonyhurst John was Headmaster of St Aloysius’s College Glasgow and Deputy Headmaster of Ampleforth.  He is a former Headmaster of Westminster Cathedral Choir School. John is an alumnus of St Ignatius’s College Enfield, a Jesuit voluntary aided secondary school in London.

John obtained his BA (Hons) in Music from the University of Bristol.   He has a post grad LLB from City University, London and an MBA from the Open University.  He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists.  John is a Governor of St John’s Beaumont, a Jesuit independent day and boarding school in Old Windsor. John is married to Marie and they have a son, William.

Stephen Withnell
Foundation Director & Trustee

Stephen Withnell

Stephen is an alumnus of Stonyhurst and a parent of two current pupils.   Stephen serves as Deputy Head (External) at Stonyhurst.  Stephen is an experienced executive and non-executive director with a background in economics, finance, and governance.

In March 2020 Stephen was appointed an Honorary Professor in the Department of Economics and Finance of Durham University.   He is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board of Durham University Business School and of the Investment Committee of the British Province of the Jesuits.   He is a former Governor of Stonyhurst and of Westminster Cathedral Choir School.

Stephen is a former Managing Director of Goldman Sachs International.   He joined Goldman Sachs in 2006 and retired in 2018, having been Head of Metals & Mining Investment Banking for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.  Stephen has advised on over US$150 Billion of strategic reviews, board assignments, mergers and acquisitions, corporate takeovers and equity and debt capital markets transactions.   He is a Freeman of the City of London.   Stephen is also an alumnus of St Ignatius’s College Riverview, an independent Jesuit secondary school in Australia.

Stephen obtained his BA (1st Class Hons) in History from Durham University, where he was JCR President of University College.  He is currently completing a DPhil in Architectural History at the University of Oxford.

Stephen is married to Victoria and they have two sons, both of whom attend Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall.

Fr Keith P. McMillan, SJ
Trustee

Fr Keith P. McMillan, SJ

Fr. Keith is a Jesuit Priest.  He is the Treasurer of the British Jesuit Province.   He has a PhD in Accounting.

He first arrived in Britain in 1989 to read for a Bachelor of Divinity at Heythrop College, University of London.   After a forth year of Theology in the United States, and following Ordination as a Catholic Priest in 1993,  he returned to Britain to undertake a PhD in Accounting at the London School of Economics.  After completing that degree in 1997 he taught in the Missouri Province for three years.   In 2000, he returned to Britain as a Lecturer in Accounting at the London School of Economics.

In 2005 when Fr. Keith took his final vows as a Jesuit he became a member of the British Jesuit Province.  In 2007, he left academia for Sacred Heart Church in Wimbledon and in 2009 became Parish Priest.  In 2014 he became the Assistant Catholic Chaplain at Oxford University.   Fr. Keith became the Treasurer of the British Jesuit Province on Palm Sunday 2019.   He was a Stonyhurst Governor from 2004 to 2012 during which time he was a strong supporter of creating a dedicated bursary endowment.

Christine Keunen
Trustee

Christine Keunen

Christine is a Governor of Stonyhurst and a parent of two alumni.
Christine joined the Governing Body in 2017.   She chairs the Libraries, Archives and Collections Committee and sits on the External Affairs Committee.

After studying Modern History at St Hilda’s College, Oxford, Christine qualified as a solicitor in 1985.   In 1992, she co-founded Moorhead James, a commercial law firm in the City of London, where she became Joint Managing Partner in 2008.  In 2015, she joined Hewitsons LLP as a Partner and Head of their London office, where she worked with colleagues in the sport, education and charity sectors.

She retired from Hewitsons in 2019 to focus on her mediation practice. She remains a solicitor, now non-practising, and is an accredited commercial mediator.  Christine’s husband Victor and their 2 children all attended Stonyhurst College.

Eugene Nealon
Trustee

Eugene Nealon

Eugene was educated at McQuaid Jesuit High School and St Bonaventure University in New York.    He is a parent of two alumni.

He has spent his career in international insurance underwriting, primarily with AIG first in New York and from 2002 in the UK.   He began his own business in 2010 and now works in London managing an insurance underwriting agency specialising in global insurance for consumer and commercial activities with Lloyds of London.

Eugene is married to Jenny a teacher at Donhead Prep School and is the proud father of a son and daughter, both OS. Eugene holds a passionate belief that the Ignatian way of encouraging children to be “men and women for others” is paramount, it is why he ensured that his children followed the established family tradition of receiving a Jesuit education and why he is so keen to assist the Stonyhurst Foundation in its mission.

Winton de St John-Pryce
Trustee

Winton de St John-Pryce

Winton is an alumnus of Stonyhurst.
Winton is a Managing Director in the Investment Banking Division at Morgan Stanley. He has been based in Hong Kong for the last 12 years.

He arrived at Stonyhurst from St John’s Beaumont in 1994, spending five years at the College, where he was active in rugby, CCF, orchestra, and the choir.

Following this, Winton obtained a B.A. (Hons) in Economics & Management from Oxford University (Lady Margaret Hall).

Richard Saunders
Trustee

Richard Saunders

Richard is an alumnus of Stonyhurst.
Richard works for Inalytics, a performance analytics firm that examines and evaluates portfolio manager decision making for institutional investors and asset managers.

Prior to joining Inalytics in 2019, Richard was Head of Equities for the Church Commissioners for England, the endowment fund for the Church of England and one of the largest charitable investors in the UK.   At the Church Commissioners for England, he was responsible for fund manager selection and portfolio construction in the £3 billion equity portfolio with a specific focus on global and emerging markets mandates.   Prior to working at the Church Commissioners for England in 2006, Richard worked in equity research at Unicredit based in Milan.  Richard graduated in Economics from the London School of Economics in 2002 and is a CFA and CIPM charterholder.

Richard is a member of the Investment Committee of the British Province of the Jesuits and also of the John Slater Foundation.   Richard was a pupil at Stonyhurst College and St.Mary’s Hall from 1990 until 1998.

Our Team

Stephen Withnell

Foundation Director & Trustee

Stephen is an alumnus of Stonyhurst and a parent of two current pupils.   Stephen serves as Deputy Head (External) at Stonyhurst.  Stephen is an experienced executive and non-executive director with a background in economics, finance, and governance.

In March 2020 Stephen was appointed an Honorary Professor in the Department of Economics and Finance of Durham University.  He is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board of Durham University Business School and of the Investment Committee of the British Province of the Jesuits.  He is a former Governor of Stonyhurst and of Westminster Cathedral Choir School.

Stephen is a former Managing Director of Goldman Sachs International.  He joined Goldman Sachs in 2006 and retired in 2018, having been Head of Metals & Mining Investment Banking for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.  Stephen has advised on over US$150 Billion of strategic reviews, board assignments, mergers and acquisitions, corporate takeovers and equity and debt capital markets transactions.  He is a Freeman of the City of London.  Stephen is also an alumnus of St Ignatius’s College Riverview, an independent Jesuit secondary school in Australia.

Stephen obtained his BA (1st Class Hons) in History from Durham University, where he was JCR President of University College.  He is currently completing a DPhil in Architectural History at the University of Oxford.

Stephen is married to Victoria and they have two sons, both of whom attend Stonyhurst St Mary’s Hall.

Cathie Butcher

Foundation Manager

Cathie Joined the Stonyhurst Foundation in August 2019 crossing the border from Yorkshire after a 19 year career with Ashville College in Harrogate.

Whilst at Ashville Cathie undertook a number of roles, most recently heading up the Admissions Department as Director of Admissions.

Cathie studied at The Royal Ballet School, Tring Park and the Ballet Rambert School and danced in London and the South East including performing at Sadlers Wells Theatre before a change of career saw her join IBM in a sales and marketing role looking after clients such as British Airways, Virgin and Heathrow Airports Limited.  Cathie is married to James OS 84 and has two grown up children.

Cathie is a Governor at Moorfield School in Ilkley.

Donations

Making a Gift

Making a Single Gift

You can simply click here to make a gift securely online.  Alternatively, we would be delighted to speak with you regarding how you could support the Stonyhurst Foundation.
Please contact

Mrs Cathie Butcher
+44 (0) 1254 827276
Foundation@stonyhurst.ac.uk

Making a Regular Gift

You can simply click here to make a gift securely online.  Alternatively, we would be delighted to speak to you regarding arrangements for making a regular gift to the Stonyhurst Foundation.
Please contact:

Mrs Cathie Butcher
+44 (0) 1254 827276
Foundation@stonyhurst.ac.uk

Legacy Giving

Leaving a gift in your will is quick and easy to arrange.  You simply need to let us know that you intend to leave a gift to the Stonyhurst Foundation and speak to your solicitor.
For further information on legacy giving, please contact

Mrs Cathie Butcher
+44 (0) 1254 827276
Foundation@stonyhurst.ac.uk

Overseas Giving

Giving from the USA
Tax-deductible Gifts
Tax-deductible contributions may be made via the British Schools and Universities Foundation (BSUF) https://www.bsuf.org/.   By printing and completing the below gift form you can express your preference for the support of The Stonyhurst Foundation.  Donors’ expressions of their preference are respected by the BSUF, but all grants are made at its sole discretion, as required by the IRS.    Contributions made directly to an offshore charity do not qualify for a tax deduction under the IRS code.
Download Our Gift Form
Your check should be made payable to The British Schools and Universities Foundation.  Please send the printed gift form, together with your payment to:
British Schools and Universities Foundation
575 Madison Avenue, Suite 1006
New York, NY 10022-2511
Alternatively, if you want to pay via bank transfer, please contact the BSUF on: info@BSUF.org
Giving from Hong Kong
Please Contact
Mrs Cathie Butcher
+44 (0) 1254 827276
Foundation@stonyhurst.ac.uk

Gift Aid

If you are a UK tax payer and you inform us that you wish us to reclaim tax via Gift Aid the Stonyhurst Foundation is able to make your donation worth more.
If you are a higher rate tax payer you are also able to claim back tax yourself.  If you are an individual paying the higher rate of tax you can claim as much as £25 from the taxman for every £100 donated by including details of gift aid donations on your self assessment form.

A History of Giving to Stonyhurst

Stonyhurst’s history has been defined by philanthropy, indeed without the initial gift from King Philip II of Spain, subsequent support from the Weld and Eyre families and numerous important acts of generosity since, our school wouldn’t be the place we all know and love today.

In 1593 Fr Robert Persons (our founder) appealed for and secured a grant from King Philip II of Spain, worth 1,920 crowns a year, to fund a school for 16 boys in St Omers.  Thus, the history of giving to Stonyhurst began.

Our Stories & Testimonials

My incredible 7-year journey at Stonyhurst began at St Mary’s Hall in 2007, and it began with a bursary.  I was granted a place in a school that would shape not only my education but my entire person.  Stonyhurst is a meritocracy, where success in any field, be it academia, sport, drama, music or charity work is celebrated in a way that encourages its students to always want to do as much as we can.

I was aware from the offset that a bursary is more than financial support’ it is an investment of faith in a child, in me, that taught me to greatly value my education, even from a young age, and it gave me everything.  This attitude, discovered at age 11, developed directly into the mentality of hard work and self-belief that was necessary for me to continue my studies at Cambridge, and to truly make the most of it.

Mary Flanagan
OS ’14

I spent 11 of the happiest years of my life at Stonyhurst, starting at St Mary’s Hall in Prep, aged 7.  After attending Lancaster University for my undergraduate degree, I returned to the college to work in the Collections as Assistant Curator, whilst studying for a PhD.

I know I have been so privileged to grow up at Stonyhurst; a privilege which would have been impossible without a bursary.  I sincerely hope I will always be able fully to live up to those uniquely Ignatian and ’Stonyhurst’ characteristics the school has long aimed to instil in its pupils; to discern what I think, and be able to stand by it; to discern my talents, and to use them as much as I can for others; to discern who I am, and how best I might serve the world around me.  I am honoured to support a cause which will enable others like me to benefit from this special place and all that Stonyhurst has to offer.

Joe Reed
OS ’11
Stonyhurst Foundation

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