Regenerating communities

The Regeneration Team was set up in 2007 to focus on delivering major reuse projects. We work in partnership with all kinds of community groups, charities, social enterprises, businesses and entrepreneurs, to breathe new life into under-used churches.

We are a small creative team with experience across a range of sectors, including community regeneration, planning, social enterprise, historic conservation, site interpretation and project management. We bring our skills together to deliver award-winning projects with the people we work with.

Scroll down to see some of the projects we have worked on.

  • Our approach to regeneration

    Our Regeneration Taskforce was set up specifically to focus on major projects which require a blend of regeneration expertise and community skills to succeed. We find, nurture and develop sustainable, long term new uses for some of our finest historic buildings, working in partnership with community groups, charities, social enterprises, friends groups, businesses and entrepreneurs. Read more...

  • Regeneration Consultancy Service

    We regularly work on partnership projects with external organisations, including vulnerable churches still in use by congregations. Click here to find out more about what we can offer.

  • Project toolkits

    To support volunteers and community groups seeking to bring new life to heritage buildings we've put together a series of toolkits that give insight into the regeneration process and can support the development of your own regeneration building projects. Click here to find out more.

  • Campaigns

    Our community-led regeneration work is ongoing, and we are seeking support for two projects in particular. Click on the links below to offer your support.

    Sunderland, Holy Trinity - Reconnecting the city with its past

    Worcester, St Swithun's - Sound and Art in the city centre

  • Meet the regeneration team

    Our Regeneration Team

    We are a small creative team with experience across a range of sectors, including community regeneration, planning, social enterprise, historic conservation, site interpretation, and project management. We bring our skills together to deliver award-winning projects with people we work with.

    • Matthew McKeague

      Director of Regeneration

      Matthew has worked in regeneration, social enterprise and community projects across the public, private and third sectors. He started his career with the London Borough of Lewisham before working with the consultancy Shared Intelligence. Before joining CCT Matthew worked in the regeneration department of the London Borough of Lambeth.  

      Matthew joined us in 2008 and became Director of Regeneration in 2015. Matthew leads our work finding sustainable long-term solutions for churches and facilitating increased involvement of local communities in the regeneration of local heritage. He also leads on the Trust’s consultancy work.

    • Isabel Assaly

      Regeneration Manager

      Isabel joined the Regeneration Team in 2011 after careers in the museum and conservation sector, the latter working on community-led strategies for biodiversity improvement and climate change mitigation. 

      Since working at the Trust Isabel has led the delivery of a number of internal projects including the £2.7m New life for St Nicholas’ project in King’s Lynn as well as managing a number of consultancy contracts for client groups. 

      Isabel is a PRINCE 2 Project Manager and holds a RIBA Certificate in Construction Project Management and an MSc in Sustainable Heritage from University College London.

    • Rachel Barrett

      Regeneration Officer

      Rachel joined the Trust in 2013 after working at the Norwich Heritage Economic and Regeneration Trust as Project Officer on their award-winning project, SHAPING 24, leading community engagement and promoting 24 iconic buildings across Norwich and Ghent.  Since being with the Regeneration Taskforce Rachel has worked on major capital projects All Souls Bolton and Quay Place, and has a RIBA Certificate in Construction Project Management.  Her main interest lies in community-led heritage regeneration, both nationally and internationally.  Rachel is a qualified project manager (PRINCE2) and has a MA Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies from the University of East Anglia.

    • Sarah Batten

      Regeneration Officer

      Sarah joined the Regeneration Team in July 2015 after gaining 6 years’ experience in audience development, activity planning and strategy working in a number of London's small museums. Sarah is a qualified project manager (PRINCE2) and has a MA Cultural Heritage from University College London.

    • Tessa Harvey

      Regeneration Officer

      Following an undergraduate degree in history and a first career in publishing, Tessa completed a Masters in Sustainable Heritage at UCL before joining our regeneration taskforce in September 2016.