New Director of Grants and Relationships

Allchurches Trust, one of the UK’s major grant-making trusts, is pleased to announce the appointment of James Laing as Director of Grants and Relationships.

Currently General Secretary of the Council of Lutheran Churches (CLC) in London, James will advise Allchurches Trust’s board on the strategic development of its grants programmes, develop the Trust’s relations with an increasingly wide range of beneficiaries and lead its team of grants officers. Last year, Allchurches Trust gave more than £13 million to churches, charities and communities across the UK and Ireland.

At the Council of Lutheran Churches, James has brought together Lutheran Churches from across Europe and Scandinavia for mutual support and collaboration in serving the needs of British society and Lutheran communities in particular. He has given the CLC a coherent Lutheran voice, developed relations with other Churches, and strengthened its grant-giving for parish ministry, social justice and welfare.

Most recently, James has been instrumental in the conception and planning of events to mark the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation. These have included services, exhibitions and conferences at Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, Liverpool’s Williamson Square and King’s College, Cambridge.

James Laing said: “Allchurches Trust makes a significant contribution to life in community by funding churches and charities working locally and directly with people who most need help.  I am looking forward to helping more people from more churches with vision and enthusiasm to help the poorest and most vulnerable and build a good society.”

Sir Philip Mawer, Chairman of Allchurches Trust, said: “We are delighted to welcome James to Allchurches Trust. With his wide ecumenical experience, he will bring fresh insights to the Trust’s work. We look forward to our grant-giving supporting an ever broader range of projects that promote Christian principles, protect our Christian heritage and further the good of society.”

Note to Editors
James Laing will take up post on 1st February.