Glastonbury Town Deal Board


Glastonbury will be a sustainable, prosperous modern town and global tourist centre drawing on its rural landscape, history and unique legacy.

Our Mission

To work with all parts of our Glastonbury community to achieve our vision by:

  • successfully accessing the Towns fund resources
  • consulting with groups and individuals in Glastonbury to ensure that outcomes reflect the ideas, engagement, commitment and spirit and needs of the local community
  • working with key stakeholders including government, to ensure that our proposals are meaningful and achievable
  • recognising and valuing the historic, geographical, spiritual and unique history of the town

Our Values

The Towns Fund Board will collaborate effectively as a Board and model our values through: 

  • working together in service for the benefit of this unique and historic town
  • being open, honest and transparent in all we do
  • listening to all feedback and providing respectful responses
  • being sympathetic to the needs of the community and other organisations, especially given the Covid situation, while ensuring the Board’s strategic role and accountability 
  • committing to the ‘green agenda’ in the area
  • offering innovation, inspiration and wisdom to the best of our ability
  • ensuring robust discussion and effective delivery of projects

Glastonbury Town Deal Board Members

In support of the Glastonbury Town Deal

Paul Hickson

Somerset County Council

Julie Reader-Sullivan

Mendip District Council

Jane Sharp

Mendip District Council

Sheridan Robins

Parliamentary & Comms Aide to James Heappey MP

Conor Ogilvie-Davidson

Glastonbury Town Council

Tina McEwen

Glastonbury Towns Fund Support Team

Erin Davey

Cities & Local Growth Unit (BEIS/DLUHC)

Robert Richards (1956 – 2022)

Robert Richards passed away on 12th January 2022 following a short illness, aged 65.

The full announcement can be found on the Glastonbury Festival website. 

Robert had worked for the Glastonbury Festival for over 30 years and was Chair of the Glastonbury Town Deal Board.

As Vice Chair of the Glastonbury Town Deal Board, James Heappey, MP for Wells & Minister for the Armed Forces, commented:

“Glastonbury has lost one of its greatest champions. A man who understood all the myriad beliefs and traditions that exist within the town. He respected and engaged with them all, but also understood that Glastonbury is a place where people in business succeed, and there is a strong local economy. His commercial brain and the spirituality of his soul made him a unique person in our community, and he will be sorely missed.”

Julie Reader-Sullivan, Head of Service for Planning and Growth at Mendip District Council and leader of the Support Team for the Glastonbury Town Deal, commented:

“We were saddened to hear the tragic news about Robert Richards, whose loss will be keenly felt throughout the Glastonbury community, Somerset as a whole, and further afield. As Chair of the Glastonbury Town Deal Board, he was an inspiration, getting things going from a standing start and driving this ambitious vision for the town. His wealth of enthusiasm, energy and creativity, combined with his wide knowledge and experience, made him an empowering person to work with, while his good humoured nature made him a pleasure to be around. Through his work with the Glastonbury Town Deal, he has undoubtedly left an inspiring legacy for the town. He will be greatly missed. Our heartfelt condolences go out to all his family and friends at this very sad time.”

Dr Lynne Sedgmore is currently acting as Temporary Chair for the Glastonbury Town Deal Board. The appointment of a new Chair will take place in due course.


Terms of reference

Download the Glastonbury Town Deal Board - Terms of Reference 15.8.20 (Adobe pdf document) [279.56kb]

Mission Vision Values

Download the Glastonbury Town Deal Board Mission Vision Values document (Adobe pdf document) [106.42kb]

Engagement Communication Strategy 2020

Download the Glastonbury Town Deal Engagement Communication Strategy 2020 (Adobe pdf document) [197.14]

Board Member Code of Conduct

Download the Glastonbury Town Deal Board Member Code of Conduct (Adobe pdf document) [104kb]

Meeting Minutes