The Whitgift Foundation is delighted to welcome Croydon Minster’s new Priest in Charge as Chaplain to the Foundation and Governor on its board of trustees.

The Revd Canon Dr Andrew Bishop, Vicar of Croydon, was licensed at the Minster last week on 3rd September and took up his roles at the Foundation the following day.

His role as Chaplain will involve providing support and pastoral care to residents at Whitgift Care, the Foundation’s three care homes, as well as students and staff at its three schools: Whitgift, Trinity and Old Palace of John Whitgift.

As Court Governor, he will sit on all three school governing bodies and oversee the major decisions relating to Whitgift Care and the Carers’ Information Service.

Andrew was previously a Residentiary Canon of Guildford Cathedral and Chaplain to the University of Surrey and has extensive parish experience in London and Winchester Dioceses as Vicar and Area Dean.

Andrew is part of the Church of England’s Strategic Leadership Development Programme.

He is author of two books, Eucharist Shaping: Hebert’s Liturgy and Society (2013) and Theosomnia: A Christian Theology of Sleep (2018).

The Revd Canon Dr Andrew, Vicar of Croydon, said: “I am both delighted and excited to be taking up the role of Chaplain and Court Governor for The Whitgift Foundation. I am truly amazed by the breadth of the charity’s work in supporting the local community and I am looking forward to promoting Archbishop John Whitgift’s vision across the town to provide education to young people through one of the largest bursary schemes in the UK, as well as caring for the elderly and supporting the borough’s carers. In my role as Chaplain, I see myself as the spiritual heart of the Foundation by providing support and pastoral care to all staff, residents and students.”

Martin Corney, Chief Executive, The Whitgift Foundation, said: “We are delighted to welcome the Revd Canon Dr Andrew Bishop into The Whitgift Foundation family as Court Governor and Chaplain. We are confident that Andrew will make an invaluable contribution to the daily life of the Foundation, not only in important decision making but also supporting our elderly residents at Whitgift Care and students and staff at our three schools Whitgift, Trinity and Old Palace of John Whitgift.”

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