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Raised by 704 people in 9 months
Created November 7, 2018
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 supporters and donors,
Many of you have asked about progress concerning the tribunal. My understanding is that the hearing is private, and so no details will be released, beyond there being a result that will eventually be known more widely. The tribunal will be ending around the middle of July, but it is not known when the result will be, though hopefully in the not too distant future.
Some have also asked about the state of play on Martyn's legal fees. The length and complexity of these proceedings has meant that his costs have been significant over the twelve months this has now taken. The amount raised so far will go some way towards helping, but there is going to be a marked shortfall which will have to be addressed in due course. That said, Martyn certainly could not have managed a defence at all without all the support given, and he remains deeply and profoundly grateful for all the kindness and care shown by so many. With over 650 donors on the website, this tells its own story - and we thank each and every one of you for your kindness and generosity.
I will post a further update when there is further news
Tom Keighley (appeal co-ordinator)
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Dear Friends and Supporters,
I gather that the coming week will be a particularly difficult one for Martyn and his family. Many of you have expressed deep personal concerns about the process and the suffering (not too harsh a word) that Martyn has been exposed to. For those who do pray, in the coming week especial prayers will be valued. For those who don't, please keep the situation in mind and hope for the best possible outcome.
With thanks for your continuing interest and generosity,
Tom Keighley (Appeal Co-ordinator)
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Dear Friends and supporters of Martyn,
Some of you will have seen the article in today's Observer newspaper : - https://churchofengland.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=50eac70851c7245ce1ce00c45&id=1211939ae3&e=eb6a9aa4fe
Martyn and his family want to thank everyone for their prayers and support as the time for the Tribunal approaches.
Once more concrete news is available, it will be circulated.
With thanks for your generosity and concern.
Tom Keighley (fund co-ordinator)
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Dear All,
First, an enormous ‘thank you’ to everyone who has supported Martyn and his family throughout this time. Support has come in many and varied forms - including over 1800 cards and letters sent, and places to rest and recuperate also generously lent by friends. Many friends and colleagues have given their time, wisdom and resources in support. And the kindness and munificence expressed on the GoFundMe pages has been deeply and profoundly moving. Thank you!
The Internal Tribunal at which Martyn is to defend himself against allegations of “immoral, scandalous and disgraceful behaviour” will commence in mid-June and will conclude in early July. This will be the first opportunity that the Dean will have had to address the complaints made against him, which were raised in September 2018.
Martyn continues with various preaching and teaching engagements, but for the next two months is covering for Heather Carter, Vicar of the Church of the Holy Family, Blackbird Leys. (Heather is taking a well-deserved sabbatical)
I will continue to refresh this page periodically, but dates where he is speaking or preaching include the following:

17th May Said Business School: Ethics, Economics and Mutuality Seminar.
20th May London - Seminar on Writings and Work of Wesley Carr.
26th May Baldock, Hertfordshire - preaching.
1st June Law and Minority Religions Conference, King’s College London.
7th June Hosting Virginia Theological Seminary event.
13th June Hosting Shakespeare in Schools Charity event.
16th June Exeter College, Oxford: Preaching the Benefactor’s Sermon.

Martyn and the family remain very grateful for the support and kindness of all those who have sent messages, donated and helped in other ways during this time. It is profoundly moving that more than 600 people have now donated to the fund, and Martyn and Emma have received over 1800 cards, letters and messages of support from all quarters. Thank you!
Tom Keighley (Appeal Coordinator)
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