Tewkesbury Abbey Foundation

Supporting the Abbey’s heritage, mission and music

Tewkesbury Abbey Foundation was established in December 2019 as a new Charitable Incorporated Organisation with the aim of building on existing giving and bringing a new, co-ordinated approach to fund raising to ensure that Tewkesbury Abbey thrives for this and future generations.

The Foundation also administers Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum Scholarship Fund and supports Celebrate, the Abbey’s outreach church community in Priors Park.

Tewkesbury Abbey Foundation’s main objective is to support the work of Tewkesbury Abbey in the fulfilment of the Abbey’s objectives, which are:

Mission and Ministry

Sustaining and empowering the Abbey as a place of Christian worship and spiritual sanctuary in Tewkesbury and beyond.

Music and Liturgy

Upholding and developing Tewkesbury Abbey as centre of excellence in music and liturgy, maintaining its choirs and the English Choral Tradition and extending the outreach and educational opportunities music provides.

Maintenance and Development

Maintaining and providing continued stewardship of our 900 year old Abbey church.

Tewkesbury Abbey Foundation Trustees

John T. Jeffreys

John T. Jeffreys

Chairman and Trustee

Oxford Graduate with 30 years’ experience of senior management in Education and the Arts, together with a number of years’ experience at partner and director level in different business environments. Currently Chairman of two Charitable Trusts.

Paul Hunston

Paul Hunston


Solicitor and partner at the Cheltenham law firm, Wiggin Osborne Fullerlove with over 35 years’ experience specialising in trusts, tax and estate planning for a wide variety of clients including numerous UK and international charitable organisations.  Currently a trustee of five charities.

John Painter

John Painter

Treasurer and Trustee

Chartered Accountant with over 40 years’ experience working with a variety of clients including many in the voluntary sector. Currently a trustee of four Charities and an Academy Trust.

Paul Charman

Paul Charman


Educated at the universities of London (music and organ scholarship), Cambridge (education) and Warwick (business), Paul has 20 years’ business leadership experience in education technology and software. Paul has been Managing Director of FFT Education since 2014 (a non-profit education technology business working with schools) and Chair of Governors at Dyson Perrins Church of England Academy in Malvern since 2011.

Ex-Officio Trustees

The Vicar of Tewkesbury Abbey
A Church Warden
The Abbey Treasurer

The Revd Canon Dr Paul Williams DL Vicar of Tewkesbury Abbey

“The people who had the vision to build Tewkesbury Abbey over 900 years ago knew that they might never see its completion, and yet, they stepped out in faith to lay its foundations and build for the future. We need to do the same in our time: step out and build for future generations. I hope you will join me in laying today’s foundations for the generations to come as they marvel at its beauty, wonder at its architecture, and know that God is with them.”

The Revd Canon Dr Paul Williams