Janet Gough joins Allchurches Trust as Executive Director
Allchurches Trust has welcomed Janet Gough as its first Executive Director. She joins at a time when the Trust is significantly increasing the funds available to make a difference to church and charitable bodies.
Janet joins us from the Church of England where she has been Director of the Cathedral and Church Buildings Division of the Church of England, Church Care, since 2008.
In her new role she will lead the development of the Trust’s strategy, advise on and manage the award of grants and be an ambassador for the Trust in its dealings with beneficiaries.
Janet is passionate about conservation, sustainability, good new design and enjoyment of the Church of England’s buildings. She has raised over £90 million in funding for cathedrals and churches and set up the 100 Church Treasures Campaign.
She also launched the ChurchDays website for visitors, sponsored by Allchurches Trust, and with Sustrans, the national cycling charity, set up Tower and Spires Cycle Tours linking cathedrals and churches. In 2015 she published Director’s Choice, the Cathedrals of the Church of England.
Janet studied history and history of art at Cambridge and is a Chartered Accountant with City experience. She enjoyed nine years at Sotheby’s as a business director. As a member of the Executive Committee of the Friends of the V&A she has been instrumental in developing both the Museum of Fulham Palace and the Churches Conservation Trust as a trustee.
Janet knows Allchurches Trust well as ChurchCare and many of the cathedrals and church buildings she supports have benefitted from game-changing grants.
Commenting on her appointment, she said: “I strongly believe in the power of intelligent philanthropy to make effective change in society and am much looking forward to working with the Allchurches Trust team to build on the Trust’s considerable contribution to support the development of churches and other charities across the UK.”
Sir Philip Mawer, chairman of Allchurches Trust, said: “Janet has served the Church of England with great distinction and will bring a deep understanding of the nation’s Christian heritage and of the challenges faced in maintaining it, as well as a strong commitment to the transformative role of charitable giving and sound commercial experience.”
Janet joins Allchurches Trust at a time when the Trust has been able to significantly increase the amount it provides in grants. In 2015, it made 1,221 grants totalling £11.7 million, a 20 per cent increase over 2014.