Ampleforth Centre for Theology and Spirituality
Who We Are
Rising to the challenge of articulating our faith more effectively, a committed group of lay Catholics has established an innovative charity for Hong Kong’s English-speaking Catholic community.
ACTS Hong Kong seeks to offer the best possible catechesis in a spirit of service to Christ and his Church, in the hope that the Holy Spirit will guide our young people and all of us, towards a more intimate relationship with God.
Bishop Joseph Ha Chi Shing has been invited by Cardinal John Tong to oversee the work of ACTS Hong Kong in the diocese.
Board of Directors
Carla Basto Clark
Director - Programme
Carla has a BA Hons Degree in Theology, Spanish and English Literature, from Durham University, UK. She worked for UK NGO Actionaid in London before moving to Hong Kong in 1997, and raising a family. She has run various faith formation courses and has taught catechism and sacramental preparation classes since 2005. Carla currently chairs two Christian charities in Hong Kong which aim to develop and serve lay leaders. Carla is Chair of the Board and one of the founding Director of ACTS Hong Kong. Her three children all went to Ampleforth, and one is still studying there.
St John Flaherty
Director - Legal
St.John is an old Amplefordian (St. Dunstan's House, 1964), a Cambridge graduate and an English and Hong Kong solicitor. He has spent most of his working life in Asia, principally in Hong Kong, in which he first worked in 1974. He retired as a partner in Slaughter and May in 2007. Since then, he has been an adviser to the Swire group in Hong Kong. He was secretary of the English-speaking parish council at St. Anne’s church in Hong Kong for a number of years. His son, Tom, is also an old Amplefordian.
Director - Finance
Nick was a partner of PriceWaterhouseCoopers from 1988 to 2007, having arrived in Hong Kong in 1983 with Coopers & Lybrand. He has extensive experience in accounting and auditing, and served as a Member of PwC Global Audit Policy Board. Nick holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics/Social Studies from Manchester University, United Kingdom. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Link REIT. He is also an Independent Non Executive Director inter alia of CLP Holdings Ltd., and Lenovo Group Limited and Chairman of Vision 2047.
Agnes Chiu Lee
Director - Events
Agnes is active in Event Management and Learning and Development, a member of the St Joseph Ladies Guild and the Catholic Women's League. Agnes holds a Bachelor of Music in Composition, Piano Performance from University of Toronto and a Diploma in Digital Music Production. She is a former music teaching staff member at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, has served in Music Ministry at St Anne’s church and fundraising programme at her alma mater.
Fr Wulstan Peterburs OSB
Fr Wulstan holds both a BA and a PhD in Theology from the University of Durham. After teaching in Ampleforth College for 15 years, where at different times he served as Head of Christian Theology and as a Housemaster, he then served as Procurator of Ampleforth Abbey from 2010-2016, responsible for the administration and temporal assets of the Abbey in its various works, and two years as Headmaster. He is now on a study sabbatical.
Director - Legal
Robert is a Partner in Deacons, Hong Kong’s oldest law firm, having arrived in Hong Kong from London in 1997. He is an English and Hong Kong solicitor. He has 16 years' experience of advising a non-profit company, as an Executive Committee Member of the Outward Bound Trust of Hong Kong, and is now their Honorary Legal Adviser. He is also a parent of two current students at Ampleforth College.
Fr Chad Boulton OSB
Spiritual Director of ACTS Hong Kong
Senior Chaplain of Ampleforth College
Fr Chad Boulton has a first class degree in Theology from Oxford University, and as Senior Chaplain he oversees a team of monks, lay staff and senior students, to direct the faith formation of 600 teenagers. He conducts regular classes in Christian Living, Lectio Divina, and retreats for House and Year groups. Fr Chad runs programmes for teaching staff, housemasters, and parents at the Chaplaincy.
Advisor - Fundraising
John is an Old Amplefordian and father to two young former Ampleforth students. He has had a career in private equity which brought him to Hong Kong in 1995 – in addition to which he is Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong Venture Capital and Private Equity Association and is a committee member of the Financial Services Development Council. John has a degree in Business Administration from Bath University.
Advisor - Fundraising
Markus has a History degree from Cambridge University and spent six years as a corporate lawyer with Linklaters in London, Singapore and Hong Kong, before joining his family business in 1992. He is active in the not-for-profit and philanthropic fields: he has co-founded several NGOs dedicated to better urban planning and is a Trustee of WWF-Hong Kong.
Advisor - Premises
Philip has a bachelors and a masters degree in engineering from HKU and an MBA degree from CUHK, and is a chartered civil and structural engineer. He has 30 years project management and asset management experience in Hong Kong and China. Before retiring in 2010, he had worked for developers, consultants and a real estate fund. He is now studying Theology at Holy Spirit Seminary and is involved in voluntary services for the Catholic community and NGOs.