Lay Members of Chapter 

Amanda Davison-Young MBA

Born in the North East of England, Amanda is a senior executive with strong leadership and governance experience gained in national blue-chip, multi-site organisations and within the charity sector.

Having served for over 20 years in senior appointments, including her latest as Chief Executive Officer of The Tablet Publishing Company Ltd, Amanda brings a huge amount of experience to her role in Chapter.

She is married and has three children and lives in Peterborough and has been part of the congregation at the Cathedral for over ten years.

Phil Rolfe

Phil joined Chapter as Cathedral Treasurer in October 2017. He is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years’ experience of finance and corporate services at senior leadership level in the not-for-profit sector. Until retirement in May 2021, he was Director of Business Services and Company Secretary at Nene Park, a popular visitor attraction which serves the city of Peterborough and surrounding region.

Before joining Nene Park Trust, Phil was Director of Finance & Corporate Services and Company Secretary for the national children’s charity Spurgeons. Prior to that he was Chief Accountant of the national volunteering and training charity CSV.

Phil has a degree in economics from York University. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Grant Thornton in 1984 and obtained the Diploma in Charity Accounting in 2012. A long-standing and active member of the Cathedral congregation, Phil was also a Governor of the King’s (the Cathedral) School Peterborough from 2011 to 2017.

Mark Constant MBA MCIM

Mark recently joined the cathedral Chapter and was invested as a Lay Cannon on the 22nd November 2019.

Educated at Kimbolton School in Huntingdon, he left school to join the family business and trained as an electrician. Deciding to spread his wings further afield, Mark worked for a number of electrical, security, management consultancy and Social Care companies before returning to education to complete a Masters in Business Administration, following which he established his own Social Care Company in 1999. He sold the company in 2014 to semi-retire and concentrate on his interests in property.

He now provides social housing to adults with learning disabilities as well as general housing and restores Listed properties in conservation areas. Mark is married to Dawn and has four adult children and five grandchildren, he is Church Warden at St Mary’s in Duddington, a keen classic car enthusiast, and a busy Freemason.

Jackie Matthews FCIB

Jackie is a Financial Services Director with over 30 years' experience with HSBC Group. She built her experience managing businesses and delivering growth in their Retail, Commercial, Corporate and International divisions. She was Divisional Director, for Midlands and Wales region of the International Bank, and later Director of Client Services for the Corporate and Institutional Bank. She has worked in Asia and the USA.

On completing her career with HSBC she took the role of expert advisor on major strategic development and change programmes for retail banks in KPMG. In addition she was an Associate Director with The Global Business Partnership Alliance working with a range of FTSE corporates and Financial Services Businesses, advising on Transformational Change Programmes, and Partnering Solutions. Jackie recently retired as a main board Director of Orbit Group, and Chair of Orbit Treasury Limited, one of the UK’s largest Social Housing providers. She has also been a Trustee of Launde Abbey, and plays an active role in her local church within the diocese.

Jackie was invited to work with author Dr. David Freemantle and is a quoted contributor in ‘The Stimulus Factor’, and has been a Guest Lecturer on the Euromoney City Tutor Programme. She also mentors several senior executives in the both private and public sector roles. She and her husband live in rural Northamptonshire and are keen walkers and water sports enthusiasts.


Richard is a Solicitor and Chartered Secretary, having held group company secretary and group general counsel positions with FTSE-100 and 250 corporates for more than 20 years. He is also the architect of an award-winning legal services business which now forms part of a major international Magic Circle law firm.

He currently consults with law firms, in-house legal teams and alternative legal providers on a range of in-house legal, alternative legal services, and legal technology issues. He is the author of three books on in-house legal services and writes widely in the field. He is a member of the Company Secretaries’ Forum, which acts as an advisory group on governance matters to ICSA, the Chartered Governance Institute.

Richard is an experienced trustee and is currently a member of Council and Chair of Audit at the University of Leicester, Chair of the Academy Council at Wrenn School, Wellingborough, and a trustee of the International Lawyers’ Project. 

He is organist and PCC Secretary at a rural church in the Diocese, and is the current President of the Northampton & District Organists’ Association.

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