Meet our Staff

Our staff team are committed and dedicated to fulfilling the wishes of Archbishop Robert Holgate, in the 21st century, in providing at the hospital for those older people in need in the local area. The aim of Archbishop Holgate Hospital is to create a homely atmosphere and encourage independence among the ‘Brothers and Sisters’ while respecting their individual needs and wishes within a Christian context.

Our Christian values of love, peace, faith, friendship and compassion underpin all that contributes to the community of the Almshouses here at Hemsworth.

We are recognising that holistic and pastoral care is at the heart of over 450 years of provision here at the Hospital, for those living here.

Those members of Staff in post today still reflect the historic formula provided in the Archbishop’s last will and testament, with the additional roles of Porter and Matron, that have enhanced provision over the years. All staff contribute to ensure that the Hospital is welcoming, comfortable, safe and homely place in which people can live. Community activities are part of the life in the community to enable people to have fun, to socialise, express their Christian faith and maintain their independence.

We are proud to offer all those working here opportunities to access training and development and grateful for those who come to volunteer at the hospital from time to time, for the commitment and energy to enable all here to flourish.

The Master

Canon Andrew G Sage 

The Master’s Lodge, Archbishop Holgate Hospital, Robin Lane, Hemsworth, WF9 4PP.   

Tel: 01977 610434 


Fr. Andrew joined the Hospital in 2022 from the Diocese of Blackburn where he was Chair of the Property Department, a member of the Cathedral Chapter, a member of the Diocesan Advisory Committee for the Care of Churches, and Vicar of St Stephen’s on the Cliffs Blackpool. Fr Andrew is a member of the Society of the Holy Cross (SSC). He is a Duty Chaplain at Westminster Abbey , a trustee of the Society of Our Lady of Pew and a published author.


Prior to his time in Blackburn Diocese, he has served in his ministry the Sheffield, Portsmouth, and Chichester Dioceses as a parish priest, school and hospital chaplain. Before ministerial training he had his own designer electrician company working on heritage projects.


Fr. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Safeguarding alongside his ministerial qualifications. He is passionate about providing high quality housing and to supporting those who need it most. He is committed to ensuring that all at Archbishop Holgate Hospital, are able to live life in all its fullness and to empowering this compassionate and supportive community, to develop and thrive.


In this role he combines spiritual and sacramental care for the ‘Brothers and Sisters’ and, alongside the Clerk, looks after the day-to-day administration of the Hospital. Fr Andrew is responsible for Safeguarding.


The Porter & The Matron

Mr Stuart Nicholson & Mrs Lisa Nicholson

The Porter’s Lodge, Archbishop Holgate Hospital, Robin Lane, Hemsworth, WF9 4PP.

Tel: 01977 329348

Stuart is dedicated to our Almshouse provision and Christian hamlet lifestyle. He is responsible for Health and Safety across the community, day to day maintenance of the residents’ accommodation and hospital buildings, alongside care of the grounds. Stuart’s keen interest in the environment and the need for green credentials are central to his work.

Stuart’s career pathway brings to his role at Archbishop Holgate Hospital a variety of significant transferable skills, from his senior management role with the De Vere Hotel Group and his time as a Health Care Support Worker (NHS) at Newton Lodge Forensic Psychiatry Unit. His engagement with multi-disciplinary teams, supporting people who identified with specific learning needs and experience as a parent- helper at a primary school.

Stuart served eight years in the Royal Air Force as Senior Aircraftman (Personal Administrator) and continues his association with the armed forces. He is Vice Chair and Standard Bearer Royal British Legion Branch in Hemsworth and Chair of Lord St Oswald’s sub group.

A proud Geordie, Stuart supports Newcastle United, he has a Foundation degree in Sports and Fitness. He has extended his learning through courses with the Diocese of Leeds.

Stuart works alongside his wife Lisa joining the Hospital in 2017.

Clerk to the Trustees

Mrs Ann Ullyott

Office, Archbishop Holgate Hospital, Robin Lane, Hemsworth, WF9 4PW.

Tel: 01977 619797

Ann has worked in a variety of supportive administration roles for over 35 years. She has extensive experience and expertise working in positions of trust, within the NHS GPs and NHS Pharmacy services. She brought with her a transferrable skill set to compliment the variety of work which is undertaken at the Trust in her role as Clerk to the Trustees.

Ann came to work for the Charitable Trust in 2015; providing her with an amazing opportunity to work in a unique place. Her support for the community and work of the Trustees, alongside her own professional development, enables her to embrace the ever-developing challenges of this strategic role.

Like others working for the Trust, Ann’s insight into the need to provide for vulnerable young people and adults in our local community, is central to her advocacy for the work of the Trust  in the provision and maintenance of the legacy of Robert Holgate. Her administration duties for the Education Committee of the Trust gives her an active role in enabling the Trust to support initiatives aimed at overcoming barriers to learning.

Ann is happiest surrounded by her family and as a grandmother she is always busy. Her core values are rooted in her love and desire to see her family succeed in their chosen path.

Health & Safety Representative:

(See The Porter)

The Clerk to the Trustees

is responsible for all financial matters, the commissioning of major maintenance and improvements, along with being the liaison between Trustees and Residents. The Clerk is normally in her office Monday, Wednesday & Thursday mornings.

The Master

is responsible for worship in the Chapel, the general & spiritual welfare of all residents, and with the Clerk, is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Hospital. The Master is responsible for Safeguarding across the site.

The Master manages the use of Ebor Hall, allotments, and the Guest Cottage.

The Master line-manages the Porter & Matron.

The Porter and the Matron & Health and Safety Representative

act as ‘good neighbours’ to the residents, checking on their welfare each day, but they are not carers. In case of illness or emergency they will notify family and friends or call a doctor. They are also able to arrange help with shopping and collecting prescriptions. The Matron looks to the general well-being of residents and with the Master, encourages the social life of the Hospital.

The Porter is responsible for the upkeep of the grounds and looks after day-to-day maintenance of the Hospital. The Porter is also responsible for day-to-day Health and Safety within the entire Hospital.

They will do all they can to help in an emergency.