Regeneration in action

For seven years our multi-award winning regeneration work has re-animated heritage churches in communities across England and further afield, to create new life in these historic buildings and to realise vital assets for people and their communities. 

Below is a snapshot of some of the projects we've worked on over the years and an induction to our way of working and our regen team.

  • 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...

  • Consultancy

    Our Regeneration Taskforce regularly works on partnership projects with external organisations, with a particular specialism assisting vulnerable churches still in use by congregations. To enquire about our regeneration consultancy services please email Isabel Assaly.

  • Tools & resources

    To help volunteers and community groups seeking to bring new life to heritage buildings we've put together a list of tools, links and resources that give insight into the regeneration process - including an in-depth toolkit developed in partnership with the Prince's Regeneration Trust. 

  • Skills, training & blog

    From time-to-time we run skills and training events to share our knowledge and skills in conservation and regeneration. If you'd like to receive advance notice of these events direct to your inbox, please subscribe to our quarterly 'Keystone' conservation and regeneration e-newsletter.

    Our tumblr blog is regularly updated with news of our current regeneration projects. To have a read or follow the blog see

  • Meet the regeneration team

    Our Regeneration Team

    The Regeneration Taskforce brings together a range of skills and experience, all of which are brought to bear on the complex regeneration projects being undertaken by the team.

    • Matthew McKeague BA (Hons) PG Cert

      Head of Regeneration

      Matthew began his career as a Regeneration Graduate Trainee at the London Borough of Lewisham before moving into the private sector with the public policy and regeneration consultancy Shared Intelligence (SI). He delivered a number of consultancy projects during his 3 years with SI, working for clients across the public, private and voluntary sectors, including the Department for Culture, Media & Sport and One NorthEast.

      Matthew then spent three years as a Regeneration Officer with the London Borough of Lambeth, developing policy and projects and securing funding for programmes targeted at the borough’s small businesses and social enterprises. He was also project manager for Lambeth Savings and Credit Union during the lead up to its launch.

      Matthew joined us in 2008 as the Regeneration Officer for the Regeneration Taskforce, and became head of the team in 2012. 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 is also Chair of the enviornmental social enterprise Forest Recycling Project.

    • Isabel Assaly MSc IHBC

      Regeneration Manager

      After graduating with a degree in Archaeology and Prehistory from the University of Sheffield, Isabel began her professional career in the heritage sector at the British Museum, before moving to Natural England to work on conservation, climate change adaptation and ecological regeneration projects. During her time at Natural England, Isabel worked to strengthen regional biodiversity policies, achieve national conservation targets and to develop community-led conservation action plans. She also contributed to national climate change strategies for the historic environment.

      Isabel completed a part-time MSc in the Built Environment (Sustainable Heritage) at University College London in 2010 and joined our Regeneration Taskforce in 2011.

    • Rebecca Tate MA PGDip MRICS

      Regeneration Officer

      Rebecca started her career in the built environment as a chartered surveyor with Weatherall Green & Smith / Atisreal (now BNP Paribas Real Estate) following a geography degree at the University of Cambridge with a postgraduate qualification in estate management at London’s Southbank University.

      In qualifying and working as a surveyor she gained seven years experience of a wide range of both commercial and residential property, for both public and private landowners, often with historic considerations. She specialised in regeneration, planning and development work, principally masterplanning, development appraisal and urban regeneration projects.

      After two years working for a private developer, Rebecca joined the Trust in 2010. She has always had a strong interest in history and heritage, visual arts and design, and as a Regeneration Officer for the Regeneration Taskforce, this gives her the opportunity to directly link these interests with her career.

    • Rachel Barrett BA (Hons) MA

      Regeneration Officer

      After gaining a degree in English Literature and Psychology and working in various private and public sector roles, Rachel decided on a career in the heritage sector. In 2011 she completed a Masters in Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies at the University of East Anglia. During her Masters Rachel worked on our All Souls Bolton project, which inspired her to work in heritage-led regeneration. 

      After working at the Norwich Heritage Economic and Regeneration Trust as Project Officer of their award-winning project SHAPING 24, leading community engagement and promoting 24 iconic buildings across Norwich and Ghent, Rachel returned to work for us in 2013 as Administration Officer in the South East before taking on the position as Locum Regeneration Officer, working to bring our beautiful historic churches back into contemporary use.

    • Sarah Batten

      Regeneration Officer

      Having worked previously as Project Development Officer at the Garden Museum and Development Officer and Project Curator at the Cartoon Museum, Sarah joined the Regeneration Taskforce as Regeneration Officer in July 2015.