Welcome to the Website of THE ASSOCIATION OF PROVINCIAL BURSARS (often known just as ‘APB’).

We are:

AN ASSOCIATION We are an ecumenical, not-for-profit unincorporated association founded in 1982 to provide support for the bursars of religious congregations, orders and communities (Institutes) in England and Wales. We also support those with communities throughout the UK and Ireland. One member per Institute who has particular responsibility for financial and temporal matters, whether religious or lay (secular) staff, is eligible for Full Membership and many Institutes have other members who become Associates. Those who provide professional / supplementary support, such as banks, insurers, accountants and solicitors, are eligible to become Friends of the Association. This ensures that their details are made available to members and they may receive an invitation to participate in some events.

PROVINCIAL This term was chosen to convey the level at which we aim to provide support – in larger Roman Catholic Institutes, for those responsible for all the temporal affairs of the local Province; in smaller Orders and autonomous Communities, to those responsible for all such matters.

BURSARS We are primarily Bursars, and we often have that title, although in the case of lay members, the title will often be different. Our membership also includes “Associates” who are Superiors, Trustees and Assistant Bursars.

We hold an Annual Conference and Annual General Meeting each year in October, at which we provide expert and high-quality speakers on a variety of topics of current concern. We have a General Secretary who facilitates the members sharing particular matters with each other. We welcome new members and participants at the Conference.


Membership is open to Provincial Bursars or those with a similar office (e.g. general or regional bursars). Additional members of an Order (e.g. members of a finance committee/ bursar’s team etc.) can become associate members and a number of Orders find it useful to have more than one member. Professional advisers can enrol as “friends” of the Association. To learn more about becoming a member, click here…

Members benefift from

Fellowship: An opportunity to share with other Religious / Lay Workers who understand what you are talking about and may be able to help solve your problems. This includes using the Members’ Forum on this site where any issues can be discussed within the membership (i.e. privately) and we share experiences, concerns and solutions.
Expert advice: Learn from professionals at the annual conference and seminars.
Help-line: Contact the General Secretary and use the resources of the Association and its contacts to answer your queries on a range of topics affecting charities.
Questions and Job vacancies:  Ask other members questions and post your job vacancies on the website. This is done via the General Secretary.