Advisory Board

Members of the International Academic Advisory Board work with the Principal to foster the development and enrichment of our academic programmes. Between them the Board’s members represent an incredible breadth of expertise and knowledge as well as a commitment to the Catholic cause in education. Their role is to advise the Principal and Board of Governors of the Chavagnes Studium on the content, teaching, development and administration of the Chavagnes Liberal Arts BA degree.

At the end of each term (four times a year) a Moderation sub-committee of the Board meets at Chavagnes to validate the academic credits awarded by the College to students on the course.


Cardinal Pell, Patron of Chavagnes StudiumHE Cardinal George Pell, (Patron), Prefect of the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy since 2014. He previously served as the eighth Archbishop of Sydney (2001-2014), auxiliary bishop (1987–1996) and archbishop (1996–2001) of the Archdiocese of Melbourne. He was created a cardinal in 2003.  He holds an STL from the Urbanianum and a D.Phil in Church History from the University of Oxford.


Archbishop Fisher, Patron of Chavagnes StudiumMost Rev. Dr Anthony Fisher, OP, (Patron), Archbishop of Sydney, Australia and member of the Dominican Order. Dr Fisher holds degrees in Law and Theology and a DPhil from Oxford University in the field of bioethics. In 2000, he was appointed foundation director of the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and the Family in Melbourne, Australia, where he remains a professor of moral theology and bioethics. Archbishop Fisher has published extensively in bioethics and moral theology and is the author of Catholic Bioethics for a New Millennium (Cambridge University Press, 2011). Since 2004, he has been an ordinary member of the Pontifical Academy for Life. since 2014 he has been a member of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Dr David Daintree (Chairman), Director of the Christopher Dawson Centre for Cultural Studies,  former President of Campion College, Australia. Dr Daintree has been CEO of three university organizations successively since 1984, and have served on other boards from time to time. He has published widely but his primary current academic interest is the classical tradition in the early Middle Ages.  He is currently co-editing an edition of early commentaries on Virgil.


Very Rev Gareth Jones, JCD, JV, Co-ordinating Chaplain at Cardiff University, and Catholic Chaplain. was ordained a priest in 1994. Father Jones served curacies in Maesteg, Bridgend, Newport and Cardiff, then undertook further higher studies in United States and Venice where he was made a Doctor of Canon Law. He was appointed the Catholic Chaplain to Cardiff University in 2009. He lectures in Eastern Church canon Law and 1983 Code of Canon Law at Cardiff University’s Law School LLM course and is the judicial Vicar for the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in the UK.


Chavagnes StudiumProfessor Ewa Agnieszka Lekka-Kowalik, Hab. PhD. Formerly vice-dean of the Faculty of Philosophy, then vice-rector of KUL (John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin) for promotion and international cooperation, Professor Lekka-Kowalik is now director of the John Paul II Institute at KUL and chair of the Department of the Methodology of Science within the Faculty of Philosophy.


Professor Anthony O’Hear, Director of the Royal Institute of Philosophy, London; Editor of the journal Philosophy. Professor O’Hear also founded the School of Education at the University of Buckingham. He has published widely in the fields of philosophy, literature and education. In 2007 he published The Great Books: From The Iliad and The Odyssey to Goethe’s Faust : a Journey Through 2,500 Years of the West’s Classic Literature. He has  been a frequent visitor and advisor to Chavagnes and led its Great Books Week in 2009.

Dr. Joseph McFadden is President Emeritus of the University of St Thomas, Houston, Texas, where he also teaches history.  He is Executive Director the International Conference of the Universities of St Thomas Aquinas (ICUSTA), an group of Catholic universities committed to international cooperation and inspired by the vision of St John Paul II’s Ex Corde Ecclesiae. Dr McFadden also teaches an online English course to students at l’Institut Catholique des Etudes Supérieures, La Roche sur Yon. He is a regular visitor to the Vendée.


Professor Peter Milward, SJ is emeritus professor of English Literature at Sophia University, Tokyo and a leading figure in scholarship on English Renaissance literature. He has been vice-chairman of the Renaissance Institute at Sophia University since its inception in 1974 and Director of the Renaissance Centre since 1984. He has primarily published on the works of William Shakespeare and Gerard Manley Hopkins.


Professor David W. Fagerberg is  a professor in the Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. He holds master’s degrees from Luther Seminary, St. John’s University, Collegeville, and Yale Divinity School; he holds his Ph.D. from Yale University. His work has explored how the Church’s lex credendi (law of belief) is founded upon the Church’s lex orandi (law of prayer), and now seeks to integrate liturgy, theology and asceticism. He has published articles on liturgical theology in various academic journals, and is the author of On Liturgical Asceticism, Theologia Prima, and The Size of Chesterton’s Catholicism. Forthcoming is Mundane Liturgical Theology.

Professor James Noel Ward teaches Finance in the Department of International Business Administration at the American University of Paris. He holds degrees in Philosophy and Religion (Boston University) and in Finance (George Washington University). Formerly head of High Yield Investments at AXA Investment Managers, Professor Ward is now a specialist on global markets.


fr andrew pinsentFr. Andrew Pinsent is Research Director of the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion at Oxford University, a member of the Theology Faculty, a Research Fellow of Harris Manchester College. A priest of the diocese of Arundel and Brighton, he has a first class degree in physics and a D.Phil in high energy physics from Merton College, Oxford, three degrees in philosophy and theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and a further Ph.D. in philosophy from Saint Louis University. He is also a member of the United Kingdom Institute of Physics and a tutor of the Maryvale Institute in Birmingham. He has written numerous books and articles in the fields of science, philosophy, theology and catechetics.

Mr Denis Boyles, Lecturer at l’Institut Catholique des Etudes Supérieures, La Roche sur Yon; Editor of The Fortnightly Review. Denis Boyles is the author of a number of books, including The Modern Man’s Guide to Life (Harper Collins, 1985);  African Lives (Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1989); Man Eaters Motel (Ticknor & Fields, 1991); A Man’s Life (Harper Collins, 1996); Lost Lore (Harper Collins, 1997); Vile France (Encounter, 2005). He has been an editor at National Lampoon and Men’s Health and written for many other magazines and newspapers, including Esquire, Readers Digest, the New York Times, the New York Times Book Review and the Washington Post. He lives near Chavagnes.

Mr Joseph Pearce, Director of the Center for Faith and Culture at Aquinas College Nashville, Tennessee; visiting Fellow at St Thomas More College, New Hampshire; Co-editor of the St Austin Review, the international review of literature and ideas (co-founded with Chavagnes Principal Ferdi McDermott in 2000),  editor-in-chief of Sapientia Press. Author of bestselling books on G. K. Chesterton, C. S. Lewis, Hilaire Belloc, J. R.R. Tolkien, Roy Campbell, Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde and others, he is perhaps best known for his work Literary Converts (1999).


Dr Paul Arblaster lectures on English and Translation at the Université Catholique de Louvain and the Université Saint-Louis Bruxelles. He has previously taught at the Maastricht School of Translation (where he was secretary of the exam board) and at the Centre for European Studies of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. A historian by training (with his DPhil from Oxford), he has published a general History of the Low Countries as well as academic pieces on journalism, communication, translation, exile and martyrdom in the 16th and 17th centuries.


Dr Peter Nockles, recently retired as librarian and curator in the Printed Books department, Special Collections, in the John Rylands Library, University of Manchester, and a research fellow in religions & theology, School of Arts, Histories & Cultures, University of Manchester. He has been visiting fellow at Oriel College, Oxford, and at the University of Notre Dame and is an acknowledged world authority on the Oxford Movement and Blessed John Henry Newman; he has published many books and articles on the these subjects.


Dr Frédéric Altare is Head of the Department of Infectious Diseases of Nantes University and Group Leader of one of the 17 research teams of the University’s Institute of Therapeutic Research. He is an experienced university professor and supervisor of postgraduate theses. He holds a Masters in Pharmacology from Nice Polytech, and a PhD in Immunology from the University of Nice and has done further study and research in the human genetics of infectious diseases at Necker Hospital Medical School, Paris, and at McGill University Medical School, Montreal, Canada, where he was as a Postdoctoral Fellow for 3 years. As an internationally recognized expert in infectious diseases, he has carried out external moderation and academic audits of research in other universities around France, for the French Ministry of Research, as well as in other countries for foreign funding organisations, such as the Medical Research Council in England. He lives near Chavagnes.