The Alister Hardy Trust

The Alister Hardy Trust is a registered charity managed by a Board of Trustees. Its object is to further the study of religious and spiritual experience started by Sir Alister Hardy FRS in 1969.

The Trust seeks to address itself to objective research, communicating its findings to the public, and offering a forum for discussion for those interested in spirituality.  In seeking to undertake its objectives, the Trust is grateful for all donations to assist it in its work.

The Trust is committed to:

  • Inter-disciplinary research into contemporary spirituality and religious experience;
  • Bringing together people who have an interest in this study;
  • Working with other organisations with overlapping interests;
  • Emphasising the importance of spirituality in education, healthcare, business and other areas.


The Patrons of the Alister Hardy Trust are:

  • His Holiness the Dalai Lama
  • Professor Seyyed Hossein Nasr
  • The Revd. Dr John A. Newton CBE
  • His Eminence Supreme Primate, Koken Otani
  • Sir Jonathon Porritt CBE
  • Swami Chidanand Saraswati
  • Dr Rowan Williams, the Right Revd. & the Right Honourable Lord Willams of Oystermouth PC FBA FRSL FLSW


The Trustees of the Alister Hardy Trust include:

  • The Revd. Canon Professor Leslie Francis (Chair)
  • Prof John Harper (Vice-Chair)
  • Dr Tom Farley (Acting Treasurer)
  • Andrew Burns (Hon. Secretary)
  • Dr Mark Fox
  • John Franklin
  • Tanya Garland
  • Dr David Rousseau
  • Mike Rush
  • Revd Dr Tania ap Siôn
  • Revd Prof Andrew Village


The Director of the Religious Experience Research Centre is: