At the heart of our grant-giving is transforming people’s lives and communities for the better, funding projects run by churches and Christian charities that put God’s love and care at the heart of what they do. We welcome applications from all parts of the UK and Ireland, particularly from areas of social and economic deprivation.
We support the repair, restoration and re-ordering of churches and cathedrals of many denominations, especially where these changes support wider community use and help those in need. We give grants to churches and Christian charities running projects aimed at tackling homelessness, poverty and loneliness, and many other social issues.
We support Christian schools, colleges and others with projects that help children and young people to reach their potential, and we’re passionate about preserving the UK and Ireland's rich history through funding for heritage buildings and skills.
We are an independent charity regulated by the Charity Commission.
Our funds come from our ownership of the Ecclesiastical Insurance Group, a specialist insurance and financial services company.
Since we were founded in 1972, we’ve given more than £180 million in grants.
How we work
Allchurches Trust is governed by a Board of Trustees and has a small team of Grants Officers who advise and support people through the application process and beyond.
We aim to ensure that we add value to our beneficiaries over and above giving a grant.
We encourage them to keep us informed throughout the life of their project and beyond, provide them with advice and guidance and support them to tell their story.
We know how helpful this can be in attracting other funders and engaging the local community.
Our Trustees meet five times a year to award grants. They give their time and expertise from a deep commitment to Allchurches Trust’s aims.
Allchurches Trust was set up as a company limited by guarantee – a common governance model for charities. As such, we have up to 50 Members who act as guarantors, ensuring accountability and providing a greater appreciation of the needs of beneficiaries from a range of sectors.
Tim became chairman of Allchurches Trust in January 2020, having been a trustee on the Allchurches’ Board since 2016. He has had a long career in the financial services industry with significant London Market and Lloyd's experience, including roles as CEO of Swiss Re's UK holding company, CEO Europe of GE Insurance Solutions and President and CEO of GE Reinsurance Inc in the United States.
He has held a number of industry positions, including chairman of the International Underwriting Association, President of the Insurance Institute of London and Master of the Insurers’ Livery Company. He currently holds a number of Non-Executive directorships in the insurance industry.
Appointed to the board in September 2014. He is Chair of Finance and member of Southwell and Nottingham Diocese Bishops Council (2004 to 2018) and member of the Diocesan Board of Education (2004 to present). He was previously Vice Chair of Archbishops Council Finance Committee, Chair of the Investment Committee. He is also Lay Canon at Southwell Minister.
Formerly a partner with Deloitte and director and Chairman of several food businesses. His four UK dairy farms produce over 11 million litres of milk for Stilton and organic cheese.
He is Chairman of Keframa actively raising £500,000 to build and operate a secondary school in Northern Uganda.
Appointed to the Board in 2018, Caroline is also a Non-Executive Director of 3i Group plc, Gore Street Energy Storage Fund plc and IntegraFin Holdings plc. She is also a trustee of UK Stem Cell Foundation, a charity which focuses on stem cell research.
Caroline previously held positions as Chief Executive Officer of the Law Debenture Corporation plc, Chief Operating Officer of SVB Holdings PLC, now Novae Group plc, and Finance Director of N M Rothschild & Sons Limited. She originally trained at what is now KPMG.
Appointed as an Allchurches Trust trustee in March 2020, Paul has served as the Chair of the Lancashire District of the Methodist Church since 2013. Previously, he served in five circuits in Lancashire and the Midlands, and, for many years, served as a superintendent minister. Within his ministry, he has always been interested in how Methodist property can best be used to fulfil the church’s calling for Worship, Service, Learning and Evangelism.
For the Connexional Methodist Church, he sits on the Board of Trustees of Methodist Church Purposes (TMCP) and is Chair of the Connexional Manse Trustees. Paul is a member of Allchurches Trust’s Grants Committee and the Methodist Grant Giving Committee.
Away from ministry activities, he enjoys regular visits to the gym, cycling and walking.
Jane is Dean of Norwich, where she leads the life of the Cathedral and is a member of the Bishop’s Senior Staff Team and Chair of Chapter. She is also a Trustee or Patron of a number of local charities and organisations. In 2006 Jane was appointed the first woman Canon Steward at Westminster Abbey and Archdeacon of Westminster. She was also the first woman to be appointed a Residentiary Canon in the Church of England, serving as Canon Pastor at Portsmouth Cathedral.
Jane was educated at Durham University and Cranmer Hall, Durham and has an Honorary Doctorate from Portsmouth University. She joined Allchurches Trust as a Trustee on 17 October 2017.
Stephen was appointed to the Allchurches Trust board in January 2016 having worked within the charity sector for nearly 30 years. He is a Chartered Accountant and before his retirement in 2017 was formally Finance Director and Secretary of the Investment and Audit Committee of the Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation, a large national charity working in the former coal communities in the UK.
He is a practising accountant and acts as an Independent Examiner for a number of charities. Prior to his work in the charities sector he was Head of Finance for a trade union and worked in auditing for KPMG.
Appointed as an Allchurches Trust trustee in March 2020, Sir Stephen has been a senior career diplomat and public servant, having served on diplomatic missions and as private secretary in both the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Royal Household. He had five years’ experience in the City as a Group Director of the Royal Bank of Scotland.
For 10 years (2008-2018), Sir Stephen was Receiver General (Chief Executive) of Westminster Abbey and is now the Abbey’s Deputy High Bailiff.
He joined the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in 1974 and served at the UK Mission to the United Nations, and at the British embassies in Tehran and Rome. At the Foreign Office in Whitehall he was Private Secretary to Douglas Hurd and Malcolm Rifkind as Ministers of State.
He spent 10 years in the service of the Royal Household. He was appointed Deputy Private Secretary to The Prince of Wales in January 1993, then Private Secretary and Treasurer from 1996 to 2002.
Sir Stephen was appointed a Non-Executive Director of Ecclesiastical Insurance in March 2020. He has served on a variety of Boards. He was for eight years, until 2015, a Non-Executive Director of Brewin Dolphin. He currently chairs the British Red Cross UK Solidarity Fund Committee, and is a Trustee of the St Katharine’s Foundation and of the Painshill Park Trust. Sir Stephen was appointed CVO in 1999, KCVO in 2002 and GCVO in 2018. He has been a Deputy Lieutenant of Surrey since 2006 and was appointed the Vice Lord Lieutenant earlier this year. He is a member of Allchurches Trust’s Audit and Risk Committee.
Born in the suburbs of London, Karen is now Archdeacon of Manchester. Ordained in St Paul’s Cathedral in 1994, she has served most of her ministry in the south as a parish priest. Her ministry has included work as a Prison Chaplain, and she has valued the diversity of working in both urban and rural contexts. Her particular ministerial interests are around issues in mental health and poverty and the place of the church in supporting people in these groups.
In her spare time, she enjoys being creative with colour, walking, nature and fashion. Healthy living in mind, body and spirit and a vegan diet are also important areas in her life.
Sir Laurie Magnus is a senior adviser at Evercore Partners. He has over 40 years of experience in the corporate finance advisory business, initially at Samuel Montagu & Co Limited (subsequently HSBC Investment Bank) and then successively at Phoenix Securities, Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette, Credit Suisse First Boston and Lexicon Partners (latterly as Chairman before it merged with Evercore Partners in 2011).
He is Chairman of JP Morgan Multi-Asset Trust plc and Pantheon International Participations plc as well as a non-executive director of Fidelity Japanese Trust plc.
In the not for profit sector, he is Chairman of Historic England (formerly known as English Heritage), Chairman of Windsor Leadership Trust and a Trustee of the English Heritage Trust and Allchurches Trust.
Chris was appointed to the Board in May 2019. He is currently a Non-Executive Director of EIG plc and EIO plc, and a Director of the Insurance Board of Lloyds Banking Group and of Tokio Marine Kiln.
Chris retired in 2017 after five years at the Bank of England as Director of General Insurance at the Prudential Regulation Authority. Prior to this he spent 26 years with KPMG as a partner in its Financial Sector Practice.
We have a small, dedicated team with a broad range of skills and expertise.
The Revd Jeremy Noles
Head of Grants and Relationships
Jeremy joined Allchurches in February 2016 as Grants Officer for London and the South East, but as Head of Grants and Relationships now oversees the Trust’s grant-making programmes and operations, and plays a key role in relationships with stakeholders and beneficiaries.
After a successful initial career in Financial IT, Jeremy spent 16 years in ordained ministry working in both local church and prison chaplaincy contexts. He therefore brings to his role an understanding of the diverse needs of potential beneficiaries, and the difference that grant funding can make in helping an idea or vision become reality. Outside of his work for Allchurches Trust, Jeremy still enjoys being involved in ministry in his local church, tries to keep fit at the gym, and runs a soul covers band in which he plays drums and sings.
Emma joined the Allchurches Trust team in May 2018 and is responsible for continuing to raise the profile of the Trust and the people and projects we support. A former journalist and sub-editor, as well as a PR professional of many years standing, Emma is passionate about telling our story.
Previously the marketing and communications manager at Hartpury College and University Centre, she managed a team with responsibility for events, digital, design, PR, and outreach. Prior to that, she worked in a senior communications and social media manager role at Gloucestershire County Council. Outside of her role at Allchurches Trust, Emma still enjoys reporting on rugby matches for a number of different publications and is a keen Obstacle Course Racer!
Iain has been the Grants Administrator for the Trust since 2005 and is generally the first point of contact for enquiries and anyone wishing to make an application for funding. Speaking about his role Iain says "It is always a pleasure to receive heartfelt thanks from grant recipients no matter how large or small the grant may have been."
Paul is the Trust’s Grants Officer covering Wales, the Midlands and the South and South West of England. Commenting on his role Paul says “since taking on this responsibility my eyes have been opened to the tremendous amount of great work being done by volunteers, both in churches and charities, and the impact this is having for good on the lives on individuals and communities. It is a huge privilege to be able to contribute to this in some small way.”
Andrew joined Allchurches Trust in November 2019 having spent the previous 25 years working for a number of charities in Lincolnshire, Suffolk & Cumbria. He spent much of the last 7 years supporting charities, churches and community groups in South Cumbria to identify and successfully apply for funding. During the floods in Cumbria, Andrew was amazed by the support and resilience shown by churches and their congregations to pull together to support their affected communities.
Andrew is the Allchurches Trust Grants Officer for the North of England, Scotland and Ireland and looks forward to working with churches and communities in these areas.
Chloe joined Allchurches Trust in November 2019 from the Diocese of Canterbury where she worked in the care of churches. Chloe brings an understanding of the potential challenges that congregations face, both in urban and rural areas, to her role as Grants Officer for London, the South East and East of England. In Chloe’s spare time, she volunteers at her local 12th century village church which is at the heart of the community.
Hannah joined Allchurches Trust in July 2017 and is responsible for maintaining the Trust’s presence online, as well as being an accomplished designer. A graduate of fine art with a passion for storytelling, Hannah is key to sharing news of the amazing work our beneficiaries do. Regarding her role, Hannah said: "It's an absolute pleasure to spend my days making sure the trust is visible and on hand to help the people who need it most.”
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In 1887, the Ecclesiastical Buildings Fire Office was founded by two MPs, three clergymen, a barrister and a clerk of the House of Lords and its directors comprised five clerics and five laymen.
They were determined, after a series of fires had left parishes with ruined churches and no means of restoring them, that there should be a reliable insurance service for parishes in their time of need.
When, through good business acumen, profits started to accrue, the decision was taken to donate this money to charity as grants. The expertise Ecclesiastical built up through insuring churches allowed it to expand into insuring other large, complex, historic buildings. Soon Ecclesiastical was insuring heritage organisations, schools and charities.
Profits and grant-making also increased until, in 1972, Ecclesiastical’s ownership was transferred to a separate grant-making trust, Allchurches Trust, an independent charity. To this day the Trust continues to dispense profits from Ecclesiastical to support good causes throughout the UK and Ireland.