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Biography for Dr Axel Palmer

Biography for Dr Axel Palmer

I am privileged to have been appointed as a Trustee of Glastonbury Abbey, which emphasises the relationship with the Diocese of Bath and Wells, where I serve as a member of the Finance Group, Diocesan Board of Finance. My career has been in finance where I was Head of Debt Management and then Head of Litigation at a major bank. Now, as an academic, my Doctorate is in Economic Crime and I research and lecture on fraud, bribery and corruption at Bristol Law School.

Glastonbury Abbey is of local, national and international importance, making an important contribution to the nation’s history and culture. Glastonbury Abbey is a significant Christian site and has an objective to advance religion in accordance with the doctrines of the Church of England.

I see the role of the Trustees as having the responsibilities for the governance of the Abbey, setting its strategic direction in pursuit of its statutory objectives, managing its finances and supporting the dedicated staff and volunteers. When the Diocese bought Glastonbury Abbey in 1908, it was described as a house with ‘some quite interesting ruins in the grounds.’ The challenge for the Trustees is to reveal the interesting features of the ruins and their contribution to Christianity in Somerset and beyond.