Matthew Mckeague

Chief Executive

Matthew joined the AHF from the Churches Conservation Trust (CCT), as Director of Regeneration he led a highly successful team developing innovative new uses for historic churches. Many of these projects, including Quay Place, Ipswich and All Souls Bolton, have received national and international recognition. Matthew also developed the Trust’s work on social impact measurement, including its first ‘Theory of Change’, and developed a consultancy service to enable churches to ccess the CCT’s expertise. Prior, he worked in the Regeneration Directorate of Lambeth Council and as a consultant for the regeneration and economic development consultancy.

Helen Quigley

Inner City Trust

Helen is Chief Executive Officer with Inner City Trust, Derry and sits on the board of the Development Trusts Northern Ireland. Helen is also a member of Urban Academy and sits on the steering group of Headliners (youth media group). She is currently Acting Chair of the charity Action with Effect.
Having worked in an accountancy practice in Derry for 30 years, Helen is a former Councillor and Mayor of Derry (2006 – 07) and served as President of the Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA) in 2008 – 09.

Paul Mullan

Director of Northern Ireland

Paul Mullan has worked with The National Lottery Heritage Fund since 2006.
Prior to joining The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Paul worked at the National Trust where he spent time as both area manager and acting regional director.
Paul has studied at Queen’s University, Trinity College, Dublin and the University of Ulster. He is currently undertaking PhD research on the role of heritage in a divided society. His particular interest is in the development of ethical approaches to contentious commemoration.
Paul chairs the Decade of Centenaries Roundtable, is a member of the Irish Government’s Expert Advisory Committee on the National Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage and is on the board of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Patrice Frey & Ed McMahon

Main Street America

Patrice Frey is President and CEO of the National Main Street Center, where she oversees the Center’s work, offering technical assistance, research, advocacy, and education and training opportunities for Main Street’s network of approximately 1,800 members. Based in Chicago, Illinois, the National Main Street Center is a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and has participated in the renewal of more than 2,000 older commercial districts during its 30-year history. Before joining the National Main Street Center in May 2013, Patrice serviced as the Director of Sustainability at the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Ed McMahon is the Senior Fellow for Sustainable Development and Charles E. Fraser Chair for Sustainable Development and Environmental Policy at the Urban land Institute. He is recognized nationally as an inspiring and thought-provoking speaker and a leading authority on topics such as the links between health and the built environment, sustainable development, land conservation, smart growth, and historic preservation. He recently presented “Where am I? The Power of Uniqueness” at TEDxJacksonville.

Maeve Monaghan

Now Group

Maeve was appointed to NOW Group in 2001 and has been responsible for the development of the organisation over the past 18 years. She has been Chief Executive for the past 12 years and believes passionately in the rights of people with disabilities to have equal access to high quality training and employment.

Maeve has an Advanced Diploma in Management Practices and a Masters in Executive Leadership from the University of Ulster. She was named one of Belfast’s Top 50 Business People in 2007 and 2011 (Belfast Media Group), Female Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 (Social Enterprise Awards NI) and Outstanding Leadership and Management Leader 2018 Women in Business. Maeve has been Chair of the Community Foundation Northern Ireland since October 2015 and is Chair of Give Inc., Ireland’s first Giving Circle.

Hopwood DePree

A descendant of English tradition, Hopwood DePree was raised in the United States where he graduated from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

He began his career as an independent filmmaker, winning awards and critical acclaim. He has worked with top Hollywood studios and production companies including Warner Bros, MGM, The Weinstein Company and Lionsgate, among others.
While researching his ancestry online, Hopwood stumbled upon Hopwood Hall. Built by his ancestors in 1426, the 60-room mansion is falling down and Hopwood is now on a mission to save it!
A new HTN Trustee, Hopwood will be giving the Toast at the Conference Dinner.

Iain Greenway

Director of Historic Environment

Iain oversees the delivery of work to support vibrant communities and a strong economy through realising the value of the historic environment. He trained as a land surveyor before becoming Chief Executive of the Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland. He was later responsible for rate collection and land registration in Northern Ireland and then for the implementation of Northern Ireland’s road safety strategy. Iain is a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (FInstCES), member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (MCIM) and an Honorary Member and former Vice President of the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG).

Rita Harkin

Northern Ireland Support Officer

``Rita was appointed as Northern Ireland Support Officer for the Architectural Heritage Fund in March 2017, a role which involves developing the Growing Community Enterprise Through Heritage project. Prior to that she worked as a built heritage consultant, during which time she initiated and managed the Red Brick Belfast project on behalf of the Community Arts Partnership.
From 2000 to 2013 Rita fronted the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society. Leading the Society on planning casework and campaigns; she also developed its education and traditional building skills programmes. Prior to that she was employed as Heritage Officer with Belfast City Council; researcher with Rachel Bevan Architects; and NI Development Officer for the
Ecology Building Society. She currently serves on the board of Hearth Historic Buildings Trust and the Irish Landmark Trust.``

Alison Harvey

Planning Officer

Charlie Fisher

Programme Manager

Derek McCallan

Chief Executive

Phillip Vincent

Plunkett Foundation

Phillip will be running an afternoon workshop to discuss an upcoming Plunkett project: Community Businesses in Placed of Worship.

Come along to discuss your views on using Places of Worship for community purposes and to hear about successful projects from elsewhere. How can we make community business a success in historic buildings?

'We support rural communities across the UK to tackle the issues they face through community business. To date, Plunkett Foundation has supported almost 600 community businesses to reach trading stage across the UK. In addition to developing and safeguarding valuable assets and services, these community businesses address a range of issues including isolation, loneliness, wellbeing, work and training.'