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The Directors

John Belham-Payne is perhaps best known as the last working High Priest of Doreen Valiente, England’s most famous contemporary Witch.  he is founder of the Doreen Valiente Foundation, and a co-founder of the Centre For Pagan Studies (CFPS) and custodian of Doreen’s extensive collection of artefacts, which together with Gerald Gardner’s original “Book of Shadows”, are considered to be modern witchcraft’s most important documents.  See more about John here:


Julie Belham-Payne co-founder of the Centre For Pagan Studies and also a trustee of the Doreen Valiente Foundation, Julie lends her expertise to the CFPS with her admin skills and wide knowledge of project management.



Ashley Mortimer a trustee of the Doreen Valiente Foundation, is a speaker on the history of Paganism and modern Witchcraft with a particular knoweldge of Doreen Valiente and her contribution to modern Paganism. Ashley is an experienced TV, radio and print spokesperson for Paganism representing the Foundation, the Centre For Pagan Studies, the Pagan Federation and Pagan Pride on many occasions. Ashley is also a prolific contributor to many spiritual events, pagan and otherwise, and has a particular interest in interfaith matters and Paganism’s relationship with the wider community. - See more about Ashley here:

CFPS Volunteer Team


Yvonne Aburrow is a Gardnerian Wiccan author and poet who lives in Oxford in a small cottage with her partner Bob and two cats, Morrissey and Ziggy. She has a MA in Contemporary Religions and Spiritualities from Bath Spa University. She is interested in archaeology, history, study of religions, folklore, landscape, and natural history. 
See more about Yvonne here...


Hello, my name is Sue Gardner. I am a new member to the CFPS. I have been aware of the good work that the Centre does, and continues to do via Julie Weltch. So when I was asked if I would like to volunteer my services, I jumped at the chance. My role at the moment is with the admin side of the Facebook group and pages, but this helps me to feel that I am helping the Pagan community in some way, albeit small at the moment. I will be promoting the good work the Centre is doing, and hopefully will maintain and gain more interest in future events.
As a Pagan I am still what I call new to the community thing. I have practiced for many years alone, Then I became more aware of what was going on around me within the Pagan world, and decided to attend the local moot – The Three Hares Moot, and really enjoyed the social side of getting together with like minded people, from the moot I have learnt so much more about my path, and gained new friends along the way.


My name is Julie Weltch, I have only recently become a volunteer for the CFPS but I have been interested in and have supported the work that the Centre does for quite some time and I feel it is one of the most important organisations within Paganism at present. My role is a relatively small one at the moment, I am admin for the Facebook page but I value my role because keeping the social media side of the Centre is an important cog in the machine that keeps everything working smoothly and keeping the public up to date with what is happening in the Centre what projects are coming up, thus maintaining interest and hopefully stirring up new interest as well. As a Pagan, I am involved in a few other projects as well, I help run a Pagan federation affiliated moot called the Three Hares moot in Portsmouth, I am also RC for the PF and I run a Lyceum (teaching group) affiliated with the Fellowship of Isis and offer celebrant and spiritual services to my local community.


My name is Alison Jane Beer I live in Hertfordshire and although I have always followed a spiritual pathway I have only been a Pagan for 3 years . The most amazing journey of self discovery which culminated in the museum of witchcraft Boscastle and Sennan cove Cornwall. I joined the Chiltern Nemeton Grove and have completed my training as an Ovate . I am a solitary witch and happily study and love the serendipity of my path. I attend the many moots in Hertfordshire and have met the most amazing people, I find the Pagan pathway fascinating as the members are all so different the freedom to express oneself I feel empowered by the whole journey. joined the Centre for Pagan Studies to further my knowledge and for my love of Doreen Valiente her writings inspire me, and I feel that she talks directly to me from the page. Her writing is so clear and straight forward with humour and humanity, and as I was never lucky enough to meet her I was fascinated to see some of her tools that John bought to a pagan Federation conference a couple of years ago. So when volunteers for thought for the day were asked for I was happy to offer to help.