Regenerating communities

Our Regeneration Team delivers major ‘new use’ projects for historic places of worship.

We’re an award-winning team with experience across community regeneration, planning and social enterprise, historic conservation, site interpretation and project management. We share our skills with local people, communities and businesses to deliver extraordinary projects. 

We've achieved 14 awards over 3 projects including 6 Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors awards for Community Benefit, Building Conservation and Project of the Year (All Souls Bolton).


Click here to see how we can help you with your heritage regeneration projects, or scroll down to view past projects.

Watch our film and read our publication about the impact of our work during 2017/18 and our consultancy service.

Regeneration: Building a future for your historic place of worship 2017/18



  • 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.

  • 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.

    • Isabel Assaly

      Head of Regeneration and Consultancy

      Isabel joined The Churches Conservation Trust in 2011 and works in the award-winning Regeneration Team as Head of Regeneration and Consultancy. Currently managing a portfolio of projects for the Trust and external groups, Isabel works in partnership with local organisations and individuals to deliver meaningful and long-lasting benefits to local communities through adapting historic churches. Isabel also manages the CCT's European consultancy service.  

      Prior to the Trust, Isabel worked for the British Museum and for Natural England, the government adviser for the natural environment.

      Isabel is a qualified PRINCE 2 project manager and holds a RIBA Certificate in construction project management and an MSc in the Built Environment (Sustainable Heritage) from University College London.

    • Rachel Barrett

      Regeneration Manager

      Since joining the team in 2013, Rachel has worked on major capital projects All Souls Bolton and Quay Place, with particular emphasis on craft skills programming, financial management and activity planning.  Rachel is experienced in the community-led regeneration approach, and has worked with a wide range of professionals, organisations, charities and community groups, both nationally and internationally. 

      Prior to joining the Trust, Rachel worked for the Norwich Heritage Economic and Regeneration Trust on their award-winning project, SHAPING 24, a cultural tourism initiative leading on community engagement projects and promoting 24 iconic buildings across Norwich and Ghent.

      Rachel has a RIBA Certificate in Construction Project Management, is a qualified project manager (PRINCE2) and has a MA Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies from the University of East Anglia.

    • Tessa Harvey

      Regeneration Manager

      Tessa joined the Trust in 2016, following a first career in publishing.  Alongside skills in project management and business development, she brings a range of experience in the heritage and museums sector, having worked on the ‘Painted Hall Phase Two’ project at the Old Royal Naval College and volunteered at UCL Museums (Teaching and Research Collections) and Dr Johnson’s House.

      Tessa has a particular interest in the management of mixed-use heritage sites and the evaluation of social impact. She holds an MSc in the Built Environment (Sustainable Heritage) from University College LondonShe is a qualified Prince2 project manager and an affiliate of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation.

    • Catherine Kemp

      Regeneration Officer

      Catherine joined the Trust in April 2017 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), bringing four years of experience guiding prospective applicants through a wide range of heritage projects. At HLF Catherine focussed on the Grants for Places of Worship programme in the West Midlands, supporting church organisations across the region.

      Prior to this Catherine spent six years working for arts and third sector organisations, building knowledge in charity fundraising and governance, project delivery, volunteer engagement and evaluating social impact. 

      Catherine has an MA in the Conservation of the Historic Environment from Birmingham City University, holds a PRINCE2 project management qualification and is an affiliate of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation.

    • Amanda Gerry

      Regeneration Officer

      Amanda was previoulsy the Development Officer for The Canny Space, a transformational re-use project at Holy Trinity Church in Sunderland. 

      Amanda is an experienced project manager with over 25 years specialising in sustainable development and the not-for-profit sector. Having started her career in the military, she has held a number of project management roles in both the public and voluntary sectors across the North East.

      Amanda grew up in Somerset but has lived in the North East for the past 30 years. Amanda holds a certificate in both Project Management and Management Resilience and has a Prince Foundation certificate (online) having recently participated in the Emerging Leaders workshop with the Clore Foundation. She is passionate about community research, extending her CPD at Edinburgh University in research with children / young people.

      Amanda is a member of The Historic Religious Buildings Alliance and is a City of Sunderland Cultural Ambassador promoting good practice, partnership working, community development and heritage regeneration across the North East. She sits on a number of boards including the Sunderland Cultural Partnership, Heritage Action Zone, Cultural Learning Group, and represents the CCT at the AHRC funded ‘Mapping Contemporary Art in the Heritage Experience’ research project.

    • Amelia Evans

      Regeneration Projects Assistant

      Amelia joined the Regeneration team in April 2017 after gaining administration and coordination experience for two years in the Trust’s Resources team. Prior to this, Amelia was Museum Resources Officer at Windsor & Royal Borough Museum working closely with the community and developing her interpretation skills. Amelia volunteered in a number of roles, such as Visitor Services Volunteer at the Victoria & Albert Museum and Curatorial Volunteer at Hackney Museum before starting at the Trust. Amelia has a MA in International Heritage Management from Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage connected to the University of Birmingham.

    • Allison Burke

      Development Officer, Sudbury

      Allison joined the Trust in October 2018, to work as Development Officer on the National Lottery Heritage Fund supported ‘Built For Exchange’ regeneration project at St Peter’s Sudbury.  Coming from a background in senior management in the private sector, Allison has 15 years’ experience in supporting corporate governance and compliance, HR management, and contributing to both long and short term organisational strategy.  As a former trustee of the ‘Friends of St Peter Sudbury’ charity, she is passionate about making heritage accessible to all, using a creative approach to finding alternative uses for heritage buildings, and encouraging positive community engagement as a priority.  Allison studied Humanities with the Open University,  has undertaken training with the Institute of Leadership and Management, and has recently completed the Clore Social Leadership ‘Discover’ programme.  She has been a Chair of Governors (local Authority) for a school in Essex and currently sits on Babergh & Mid Suffolk Council’s ‘Sudbury Vision Officer Delivery Group’ as part of the St Peter’s project.