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I have set up this website on behalf of the friends and colleagues of Martyn Percy, head of one of Oxford’s largest Colleges, and a Church of England Cathedral Dean.  This is revised version of the 'story' to reflect what has been in the media

The press has carried a number of accounts of what is happening to Martyn Percy. As Martyn has made no public comments, here are summaries of three reports.

It is claimed the college’s academics have been ‘combing the statutes’ of Christ Church – founded by Henry VIII in 1546 – to find legal justification to get rid of Prof Percy…One way the plotters believe they can force him out is through a formal complaint…That complaint will now be judged by an internal tribunal. Prof Percy, 56, is also said to have received a stream of legal letters that an insider said risked ‘financially breaking him’ after he was forced to hire his own lawyers. The insider added: “It’s a tragedy, embarrassing and a disgrace.” Mail on Sunday

The tribunal process itself raises further questions about governance. It is understood that Dr Percy was given no opportunity to challenge any of the evidence against him…a college insider said: “Chapter and Governing Body did not invite the Dean to give any response to the complaint, or put forward any documents of his own before making their decision.” Church Times

The Bishop of Buckingham fears Percy is being “hounded out” for taking “the costly path of reform” rather than seeking a “quiet life”. His lawyers have raised concerns he has been bullied, saying he has been ostracized forced to run up large legal bills. Sunday Times

It appears therefore that Martyn’s position is a uniquely powerless one. It takes just seven complainants under the statutes of the college to request a tribunal to remove the Dean of Christ Church. Three strange steps appear to have led to this position.
 
First, the Dean was offered no proper investigation, at which evidence from both sides could be heard, read and weighed.

Second, there was no disciplinary hearing in which he could defend any allegations made against him.

Third, to avoid unnecessary conflict, processes of genuine mediation should always happen. Such mediation is entered into in good faith by both parties - rather than being used as a means to coerce and expedite a virtually immediate resignation, which is increasingly common in workplaces today.

In any normal place of work, a Tribunal would be the very final stage: and only if the investigation, disciplinary procedures and mediation had all failed. In Martyn’s case, the first three stages did not fail: it seems they were not really attempted.

Under the college statutes, the Dean has no grievance procedure available to him either, so he can’t complain about the treatment give him. Consequently, he can do nothing about the bullying and harassment he has received. Under natural justice any person should have rights. But the Martyn doesn’t.

Finally, the Dean seems to have no right to free speech. To defend himself, he has to find his own legal costs. His speech is not free. If you think this is unjust, then please help the support fund.
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Dear Donors,
A number of you have asked me for updates about the situation at Christchurch. Published in the last couple of days is a discussion on the Martyn Percy situation between two informed academics. It is too long to include here but is available on
https://modernchurch.org.uk/news-archive/martyn-percy-interview
Martyn is very grateful for your generosity and concern. In the light of comments in the piece, and advice from elsewhere, as indicated previously, the appeal will remain open until 23rd December despite having passed the current target.
I add my thanks to Martyn's and ask once more for you to encourage anybody who feels strongly about what is happening to Martyn, to contribute.
All good wishes
Tom Keighley (Appeal Co-ordinator)
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Dear Friends and Colleagues,
I am getting in touch to let you know that at some point on Saturday, 1st December, the Fund went through the £60,000 mark. Everyone involved in the collection is immensely grateful for the support, and the generosity shown. This will cover the known fees and support work in preparation for the Tribunal in the coming months. However, a number of people have indicated that they still wish to contribute to the Fund and so it will remain open until the Fourth Sunday of Advent (23rd December), at which point it will be suspended pending the result of the situation that Martyn is faced with.
Martyn has asked me to assist in the ongoing oversight of the use of the Fund. Anyone who has donated to the Fund and wants a detailed breakdown of the expenditure will be entitled to see it. This will ensure transparency and accountability.
As far as is possible donors will be kept informed of developments in the case.
Once more with thanks.
Tom Keighley (Appeal co-ordinator)
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Dear Friends and Colleagues
I write with heartfelt and genuine gratitude for the support, kindness and generosity shown over the past three weeks. To have raised this amount in this time is quite extraordinary, and I am deeply and profoundly touched. “Thank you” seems hardly adequate, but I hope you will know just how much your kind-hearted and compassionate support has meant to me, and to the family as a whole. We have now received well over 1,000 letters of support, care and such kindness over the last month, and each one has meant so much. And we have been deeply touched by the messages of support on the GoFundMe pages. This ambitious target, having been achieved, will go some considerable way towards the costs of the processes to be faced in the coming months that will need to be engaged with. Thank you, in particular to Tom Keighley, who set the GoFundMe page up, and to whom I owe a special debt. Once again, this comes with my heartfelt, sincere and deepest gratitude. Yours, as ever, Martyn
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Dear Donors,

Martyn has asked for this to sent to you all.

Dear Friends and Colleagues

I have been deeply and profoundly touched by the kindness, comments and commitment of so many people in just ten days. I confess that I am somewhat overwhelmed by the messages of support on this site, as well as the several hundred cards and e-mails also received. At this stage, I simply want to record my deep gratitude for all the gifts - ranging from £5 to £5,000 - and for all the many messages conveying care and concern for us. I will, in due course, be writing more fully. But for the moment, simply want to mark the past ten days with some fulsome thanks from myself and the family. Yours, as ever, Martyn

Tom Keighley (Appeal Co-ordinator)
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