The People

The Project Pilgrim Team 

Project Pilgrim is led by four full time members of staff and one part time member of staff, with support from all clergy, staff and volunteers at Gloucester Cathedral. The team’s role is to co-ordinate every detail of the planning, development and delivery of Project Pilgrim so that the Cathedral continues to play its part in the life of the city. 

Anne Cranston

 Project Manager

Anne joined the team from environmental charity Groundwork West Midlands. She brings with her a wealth of experience working with community groups as well as large scale fundraising, project management and overseeing building construction. Anne’s ultimate responsibility is to make sure everything happens “on time and on budget”.

Helen Jeffrey

Community Engagement Manager 

Helen’s background is in heritage and museum education - after completing a Masters in Heritage Studies she has gained experience in education development and delivery, volunteer management and implementing community engagement programmes. Helen joins us after working on a three year HLF funded project at the Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol. Helen’s role is ensuring the activity plan for Project Pilgrim provides creative activities and events to reach new audiences whilst working with partners to strengthen the impact and reach of the project across the county.

Chloe Gilbert

Project Officer 

Chloe joined the team after studying for a degree in the History of Art at Oxford University and plays a key role keeping the wider team on track. She is the first point of contact on site and is responsible for co-ordinating the hectic construction programme with the busy Cathedral Diary.

Charlie Peak

Volunteer Officer 


Charlie Peak worked in museums and galleries before moving to Gloucestershire to nurture his own vineyard. He volunteered at the Cathedral for 10 years before taking on the role of Volunteer Officer, to manage and support the existing volunteer team of over 400 ,and recruit many more to fill the roles created by Pilgrim.


Oliver Chamberlain

Apprentice Stonemason 

Oliver studied stonemasonry at the City of Bath College, and completed a Building Craft Apprenticeship with the Prince's Foundation. He worked at Exeter Cathedral before joining our stonemasonry departing in August 2016. Whilst here, Oliver will be working towards an NVQ3 in banker masonry and taking part in the Cathedral Workshop Fellowship.


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The Design Team 

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The Funders

Without the generosity and support of others, Project Pilgrim would not be a reality. We are extremely grateful to all those who have given to help us achieve the Cathedral’s vision.

The Heritage Lottery Fund

In achieving a successful Round Two application to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), we have been awarded £4,160,300 towards Phase One: The Heart of Gloucester.

This will help is to deliver the HLF's key outcomes for people, heritage and communities. 

Major Grants and Local Support

We have also been lucky to receive grants from other trusts to support specific elements of Project Pilgrim. These include:

  • The Friends of Gloucester Cathedral
  • The Summerfield Trust
  • Gloucestershire Environmental Trust
  • Garfield Weston
  • Sylvanus Lysons
  • Lord Barnby’s Foundation
  • Saintbury Trust
  • Alan Evans Trust
  • Lidbury Trust
  • Helena Oldacre Trust

We have also received support from both the City and County Council. 

Individual Donors

Project Pilgrim has also been heavily support by the generosity of individuals. Whether large or small, all contributions make a difference and are helping us to achieve our fundraising target of £1.6 million.

Our Sponsor A Solar Panel Campaign has also been hugely successful in helping us to fund the installation of Solar PV.

If you would like to find out how your donation could help us achieve our target or help us to fund further phases of Project Pilgrim, please contact our Development Team.