New Chairman and Trustees Appointed
Somerset Churches Trust has appointed a new chairman and five other new trustees. Dr Axel Palmer pictured above is the new Chairman, taking over from David Sisson who has led the Trust for the last six successful years.
Dr Palmer, a member of the Bath and Wells Diocesan Finance Group, is a former Churchwarden and Parish Council Chairman. Professionally, he has a banking background, specialising in insolvency and litigation. He holds a PhD in Economic Crime, writing and lecturing at Bristol Law School on fraud, bribery and corruption.
The other new trustees are:
Father Peter Clarke, a Roman Catholic Priest, who is Chaplain to Leweston School and acts as a locum for a total of 18 churches across Somerset. During his Anglican days, he was a member of the Diocesan Finance Committee, on the Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC) and a Prebendary at Wells Cathedral.
Bob Croft, Head of the unit of Historic Environment and Estates Manager in Somerset Records office he is a long-standing member of the DAC and active member of Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society.
The Venerable Simon Hill, Archdeacon of Taunton who will help maintain and cement our important links to the Diocese and DAC.
Andrew Stebbings a partner in a leading firm of London lawyers, he is currently winding down to retirement. He is actively involved in the running of two significant charitable trusts.
Anthony Sutcliffe a retired Chartered Surveyor having practiced in the UK and abroad he is a governor of his local primary school, he has been a churchwarden and has a keen interest in church buildings. Anthony has taken over from Jim Allwood as Grants Secrtetary.
Axel Palmer said, ‘it is a privilege to be asked to Chair the Board of Trustees of Somerset Churches Trust at a time when local communities throughout the county face challenges in keeping Somerset’s churches and chapels alive. I am delighted to say that we have a strong group of Trustees and we are focusing our efforts on raising funds so that we can help hard-pressed parishes to continue to upgrade facilities for the benefit of worshippers and their local communities.’
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