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Westminster Abbey and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Abbey is not currently open for public worship, general visiting or private prayer. Meanwhile, the community of Abbey clergy are continuing to worship and pray, in-line with government guidance. They are also producing a podcast to mark key liturgical events.

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Paul Baumann, Receiver General and Chapter Clerk

Paul Baumann

Receiver General and Chapter Clerk

Paul Baumann CBE is the Receiver General and Chapter Clerk, the most senior lay position in the Abbey. He is in effect the Abbey’s chief executive, working closely with the Dean and Chapter on strategic and operational matters and on major events. He also takes direct responsibility for the overall management of the Abbey’s financial, administrative, commercial, fabric and security affairs. He leads the senior management team and exercises responsibility for the lay staff of the Abbey.

Paul grew up in Dorset and read Modern and Medieval Languages at St Catharine's College, Cambridge. During a 22 year career with Unilever, he held senior board positions before taking up a global role focused on finance excellence and innovation. He joined NHS London as its first Chief Financial Officer in May 2007 and was appointed Chief Financial Officer at NHS England in 2012.

Paul is married with three children. He is a practising church musician and member of the Board of the Academy of Ancient Music.  As a member of the Howard Partnership Trust he is also responsible for the governance of a large Multi-Academy Trust based in Surrey.

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