New role for Matthew McKeague
Matthew Mckeague, our Director of Regeneration, has announced he will be leaving The Churches Conservation Trust (CCT) at the beginning of October to become Chief Executive of The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF).
Matthew has been a member of the Regeneration Taskforce since 2008, leading it since 2012 and in that time has overseen the delivery of several major regeneration projects. He has also led the development of our new consultancy service for parish churches.
“It has been a privilege to work for the CCT the past nine years and to oversee the delivery of so many community regeneration projects. Projects like Quay Place in Ipswich, where our partnership with Suffolk Mind has created a well-being centre and saved the ‘at risk’ St Mary at the Quay. These projects and partnerships have been immensely rewarding and wouldn’t have happened without the groups, funders and partners that have been integral to all these ambitious projects.
“I am also immensely proud of the Regeneration Taskforce’s work in helping parish churches develop new roles within communities. Projects like Inspired North East, delivered in partnership with Durham and Newcastle Dioceses, are just one example of the type of project I think critical to the future of parish churches.
“All this work would not have been possible without the immense dedication and hard work of my team in the CCT. I look forward to seeing the finished projects at St Swithun’s in Worcester and the Canny Space in Sunderland, and seeing these unique churches re-established as unique and vibrant community assets for future generations to enjoy.”
Crispin Truman, Chief Executive of The Churches Conservation Trust, said; “This is a fantastic achievement by Matthew, CCT’s highly-regarded Director of Regeneration and it’s very good news for the AHF, our long-term and valued partner. Matthew has brought immense skill, energy and vision to our regeneration and consultancy work, increasing and strengthening the team and its work year on year. We will be very sorry indeed to see him go but we are very proud that our directors go on to great things and look forward to working with him and a strengthening partnership with AHF in the future.”
The appointment of Matthew’s replacement will begin shortly.