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3 Spital Yard
Spitalfields, , E1 6AQ
United Kingdom

020 7925 0199

The AHF appreciates that neglected buildings which are all too familiar in our towns, cities and countryside can, with a little imagination and a lot of enthusiasm, be rescued to become assets for their communities by people wanting to make a difference. The AHF has helped hundreds of organisations throughout the UK to do exactly that.

Staff List

Matthew McKeague

Architectural Heritage Fund

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Matthew joined the AHF from the Churches Conservation Trust (CCT) where, 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 access the CCT’s expertise.

Prior to joining the Churches Conservation Trust Matthew worked in the Regeneration Directorate of Lambeth Council, developing and managing a range of economic development and social enterprise projects. He had previously worked as a consultant for the regeneration and economic development consultancy, Shared Intelligence.   

Matthew also has considerable experience in the third sector as a Trustee and Chair of the environmental social enterprise, Forest Recycling Project.


Oliver Brodrick-Ward

Ruth Johnson

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Ollie Brodrick-Ward joined the AHF in January 2017 firstly as a volunteer, a researcher and later as the AHF Administrator and Team Coordinator based in Spitalfields. Ollie has a long-standing interest in art and heritage having an undergraduate degree in History of Art from the University of Bristol and post graduate degrees in Historic Conservation & Architectural History from Oxford Brookes & Oxford University.

Prior to working at the AHF Ollie worked for over ten years as a chartered surveyor at Knight Frank and later at Jones Lang LaSalle.

Ollie has a strong interest in communities and voluntary groups working to find new uses for historic buildings. His recent dissertation focused upon the of conservation of medieval church wall paintings for communities, heritage and faith.

Fiona Hollands

Architectural Heritage Fund

Fiona Hollands joined the AHF in May 2017 as Finance Manager.  
Fiona is a Chartered Accountant (ICAEW) and trained as an auditor with KPMG where she worked on a diverse range of clients and engagements including statutory audits, due diligence work and forensic assignments.  She then moved to a role in the energy sector, where she specialised in external reporting and risk management.
Fiona spent eight years as a lecturer, teaching subjects including financial reporting, tax and auditing to AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) students. During this time, she qualified as an assessor and internal verifier and has been involved in the assessment of both AAT and ICAEW exams.  
She has developed her own accountancy practice in Suffolk offering tax, accountancy and business consultancy services. 


Andy Richardson

Architectural Heritage Fund

Andy is the Architectural Heritage Fund’s Investment Manager, having joined the charity in 2012. He heads up the Investment Team and is responsible for loan facilities and a community share portfolio totalling in excess of £12m, supporting heritage-influenced projects across the UK to a broad range of charitable trusts, not-for-profit organisations, social enterprises, and community businesses.

Having worked within the Social Investment sector for over five years, and with a further nine years in Retail, Commercial and Corporate Banking, Andy brings a wealth of appropriate experience to the AHF and its Borrowers. Further, he has been employed in a campaigning role for a major national charity and as a Regional Grants Manager for a Non-Departmental Public Body, delivering and monitoring over £9m of funding to grass-roots charities in Yorkshire and the Humber. 

Away from the AHF he enjoys reading Russian novels, going on walking holidays, and trying not to upset himself with the ongoing travails of Grimsby Town FC.

Gavin Richards

Architectural Heritage Fund

Gavin Richards is the AHF Operations Manager, with additional responsibility for projects in Yorkshire, the North East of England, and Northern Ireland.

Based in Sheffield, Gavin joined the AHF in 2007 supporting building preservation trusts and other voluntary sector groups to find sustainable new uses for historic buildings at risk. Since 2012 he has managed the AHF’s team of freelance Support Officers, and is also responsible for the AHF’s grants programmes. 

Gavin has a long-standing interest in both the heritage and voluntary sector and is passionate about the contribution historic buildings can make to urban regeneration. After a period spent working abroad following graduation he worked at the Directory of Social Change, where he researched and co-wrote the best-selling Guide to the Major Trusts. His experience in the heritage sector began at the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2001, starting in London before relocating to Yorkshire to join the new regional team. He went on to manage a Townscape Heritage scheme in the North West of England before joining the AHF. He studied Economic & Social History at Leicester University and has postgraduate qualifications in Urban Regeneration and Charity Resource Management, both completed at Sheffield Hallam University.

Asha Karbhari

Oliver Brodrick-Ward

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Asha is the Architectural Heritage Fund’s Business Development Officer, having recently joined the organisation in June 2018. She is part of the Investment Team and is responsible for attracting and delivering new investments to support the sustainable reuse of historic buildings across the UK to a broad range of charitable trusts, not-for-profit organisations, social enterprises, and community businesses.

Based in Sheffield, she has worked within the Social Investment sector for over twelve years with Key Fund providing blended finance, loans and equity investment to Social Enterprises and Community businesses across the North of England and the Midlands. Previous to this she was a Grants Officer for the Big Lottery Fund for seven years, therefore her experience in the Third Sector makes her a valuable addition to the team. 

Ian Rice

Architectural Heritage Fund

Ian Rice is the AHF Investment Officer. 

Ian has worked for the Architectural Heritage Fund in a variety of roles since 2001. His current position requires liaison with all clients within the AHF loan portfolio, as well as with potential applicants seeking working-capital finance for community-led restoration projects. He previously worked in the construction industry for a number of years, and subsequently in central government. He has contributed a number of articles to amenity societies in the past, and is a member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC).


Gordon Barr

Architectural Heritage Fund

Gordon Barr is the AHF Support Officer for Scotland, with additional responsibilities for IT. 

Before joining the AHF in 2014, he was the Heritage Development Manager for the multi-award-winning Maryhill Burgh Halls project, working on researching and promoting the history of the area, and develop training, learning and educational opportunities with schools, colleges and other community groups.

Gordon has a academic and scientific software development background, as well as over fourteen years experience managing and contributing to projects related to the social and architectural heritage of cinema and theatre buildings in Scotland, including working on a number of projects in collaboration with Historic Environment Scotland's Listing Team. In 2011 he was shortlisted for the Scottish Civic Trust's inaugural 'Civic Champion' award. He is a Trustee of Maryhill Burgh Halls Trust, and is a member of the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland, as well as a committee member of the Cinema Theatre Association.

Tessa Hilder

Architectural Heritage Fund

Tessa Hilder is the Support Officer for the South East of England, plus Hertfordshire, Essex & Suffolk.

An AHF Support Officer since 2012, Tessa draws on over 25 years' experience in community and heritage funding, as funder and fundraiser.  Her first funding role, at Historic England, was managing delivery of grants to heritage buildings at risk in London, moving on to the Heritage Lottery Fund in 1996, where she was Head of the South East England Team.   Since 2006 she has worked as an independent consultant, primarily working for voluntary sector infrastructure programmes to mentor volunteer-led groups to develop their skills and capacity to raise funds and deliver projects.  Specialising in community-owned buildings of all kinds, she has helped groups to build, restore and improve these to meet local need and ensure their sustainable future.  Tessa is a member of the Institute of Historic Buildings Conservation and the Institute of Fundraising.


Rita Harkin

Architectural Heritage Fund

Rita Harkin is the Support Officer for Northern Ireland.  
From 2000 to 2013 Rita fronted the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society, leading it on high profile 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; a researcher with Rachel Bevan Architects; and Northern Ireland Development Officer for the Ecology Building Society.
She currently serves on the board of Hearth Revolving Fund, Northern Ireland’s first BPT, and the Irish Landmark Trust, which saves and restores historic buildings to provide holiday accommodation. She has an MA in Town Planning from Edinburgh College of Art and a Royal Society of Ulster Architects’ Diploma in Historic Building Conservation. Rita was awarded a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship to study best practice in universal access to historic buildings in Scandinavia and the United States.

Before becoming an AHF Support Officer in 2017, Rita was the AHF's Northern Ireland Trustee.

Andie Harris

Architectural Heritage Fund

Andie Harris is the Support Officer covering the North East, with an additional specialism in social media and communications.

Andie has over 15 years experience working in heritage with a major 9 year spell with North of England Civic Trust (NECT), setting up the acclaimed Heritage Skills Initiative and working with a range of organisations, charities and trusts on projects across the north.  She has been a trustee for the Heritage Crafts Association, a judge on both the regional and national Constructing Excellence heritage awards and sits on the interview panel for crafts and makers for the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.

Since leaving NECT, she has worked on assisting organisations to develop activity and engagement plans and deliver a range of activities for live projects, as well as undertaking specialist research and case studies on work based learning and skills.

Adam Hitchings

Architectural Heritage Fund

Adam Hitchings is the support Officer for Wales.

Prior to joining AHF in May 2017, he worked at the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for almost 15 years in a variety of roles. As a Development Officer he supported organisations throughout Wales in making applications across all grant programmes. 

He has extensive project planning and management experience gained while serving on the Fund’s task and finish group, developing and implementing its on-line application portal, furthered while on secondment at Welsh Government assisting with the delivery of its new online recruitment system.

Adam’s last role at HLF was as Welsh Language Officer, ensuring the Fund complied with its current Welsh Language Scheme and leading on preparations for the Fund’s transition to Welsh Language Standards. He also assessed applications and monitored projects including the multimillion pound restoration and redevelopment of Yr Ysgwrn, the ancestral homestead of First World War poet Hedd Wyn and main focus of Wales’ First World War commemoration events in 2017.

His final assignment at HLF was coordinating the development of the Great Place Scheme in Wales which aims to embed heritage and culture at the heart of the future vision of communities participating in this 3 year pilot initiative. 

He has a degree in Welsh (University of Wales Swansea, 2002) and is a committee member of Menter Bro Ogwr (Bridgend county Welsh language enterprise).

Adam Hitchings ydy’r Swyddog Cymorth yng Nghymru.

Cyn ymuno â’r Gronfa Treftadaeth Bensaernïol ym mis Mai 2017, gweithiodd yng Nghronfa Dreftadaeth y Loteri  (CDL) am bron 15 mlynedd mewn sawl rôl wahanol. Fel Swyddog Datblygu fe gefnogodd sefydliadau ledled Cymru wrth iddynt wneud ceisiadau o dan bob rhaglen grant CDL.

Mae ganddo brofiad helaeth o gynllunio a rheoli prosiectau a enillodd wrth weithio ar grŵp gorchwyl a gorffen y Gronfa i ddatblygu a chyflawni’r porth ceisiadau ar-lein, ac yn bellach ar secondiad i Lywodraeth Cymru i’w chynorthwyo cyflawni ei system recriwtio ar-lein newydd.

Swyddog yr Iaith Gymraeg oedd rôl olaf Adam yng NghDL, sicrhau bod y Gronfa’n cydymffurfio â’i Chynllun Iaith Gymraeg ac yn arwain y Gronfa wrth iddi baratoi ar gyfer Safonau’r iaith Gymraeg. Hefyd fe wnaeth asesu ceisiadau a monitro prosiectau gan gynnwys adfer a Yr Ysgwrn, bwythyn a fferm hynafiadol Hedd Wyn, canolbwynt o ddigwyddiadau cofio’r Rhyfel Byd Cyntaf Cymru yn ystod 2017.

Aseiniad terfynol Adam yng NghDL oedd cydlynu datblygiad o Gynllun Lle Arbennig yng Nghymru sydd ag amcan i fewnblannu treftadaeth a diwylliant wrth galon gweledigaeth ddyfodol y cymunedau llwyddiannus yn y cynllun peilot 3 blynedd hwn.

Mae ganddo radd Cymraeg (Prifysgol Cymru Abertawe, 2002) ac yn aelod pwyllgor Menter Bro Ogwr.

Karen Houghton-Slater

Architectural Heritage Fund

Karen Houghton Slater is the Support Officer for Yorkshire and Humber, with an additional specialism in property development and community asset transfer.
Karen was instrumental in Hebden Bridge Town Hall; one of the UK’s first asset transfers and its subsequent development as a business and community hub. 
A chartered development surveyor by background, Karen has nearly thirty years of experience working in property development, regeneration and heritage management. Working in all three sectors of private, public and community, convinces her that partnership working and collaboration is the key to success.
Karen runs her consultancy business from Hebden Bridge, offering project management of capital projects and interim management of community businesses.



Lucie Oakley

Architectural Heritage Fund

Lucie Oakley is the Support Officer covering the East Midlands, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Norfolk.

Lucie’s background in management roles in a variety of businesses and her experience of running small companies informs her work in the heritage sector. Since developing her interest in the historic environment on a formal basis, she has worked as an architectural historian and in a building preservation trust. She has been an AHF Support Officer since 2012 and is an associate member of the IHBC. She volunteers with the building preservation trust movement as secretary of the Midlands branch of the Heritage Trust Network, where she is part of an active committee organising regional events, enabling peer-to-peer networking and opportunities to learn from each other, developing capacity and skills.

Elizabeth Perkins

Architectural Heritage Fund

Elizabeth Perkins is the Support Officer for the West Midlands, with an additional specialism in business planning.

Elizabeth has over 30 years’ experience of working in heritage, starting at the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings. After as a spell as an Inspector of Historic Buildings for an earlier manifestation of Historic England, she moved into heritage project management where she has worked for the last 15 years tackling historic building at risk projects. Working as Director of Birmingham Conservation Trust, she was responsible for the Back to Backs project, now run by the National Trust, and for the Coffin Works project, both multi award winning projects. 

Since leaving the Trust she has worked on the Ditherington Flax Mill project (first iron framed building in the world) where she secured £23m in funding for the repairs to the building. She also helped draft the successful £5m HLF bid for the Hartlebury Castle BPT and managed a partnership project in Birmingham for the National Trust and Canal and River Trust. For the last year she has worked for the UK Association of Preservation Trusts, as Funding and Technical Officer, managing their transition to Heritage Trust Network and advising members on funding.

Daniel Rose

Architectural Heritage Fund

Daniel Rose is the AHF Support Officer for London, with an additional specialism in Property Management. 

Daniel was Chair of Swindon’s Mechanics’ Institution Trust between 2006 and 2016 and currently works as the Trust’s first Director. The Trust has successfully navigated several asset transfers of historic buildings and continues to grow its community and heritage portfolio focusing on the town’s historic Railway Village Conservation Area. The Mechanics’ Institution itself is a complex Grade II* building at risk which the Trust continues to pursue to bring into community ownership.

Daniel has held various positions in his working life starting as a youth and community worker and later a role in social work and education. He worked for The National Trust in several national roles between 2005 and 2016. Firstly focusing on youth participation and community engagement and later within the Audience Insight Team leading the Trust’s research of volunteering, fundraising, and ways to engage people in protecting local heritage and green spaces. Daniel has been an RSA Fellow since 2009. 

Jess Steele

Architectural Heritage Fund

Jess Steele is the Support Officer for the North West of England, with additional multiple specialisms.

Jess has 25 years’ experience as a local community activist and entrepreneur in Deptford and Hastings and at national level as Deputy Chief Executive of the British Urban Regeneration Association and Director of Innovation at DTA/Locality, including leading the development and delivery of the national Community Organisers programme.

An active social entrepreneur for 25 years, she has established community enterprises in publishing, heritage, tourism, childcare, financial management, workspace, and neighbourhood development.

Jericho Road Solutions provides coaching to neighbourhood groups and community businesses as well as working with government, funders, corporates and academics on national initiatives to make neighbourhood work easier. Building on her experience of saving Hastings Pier, Jess specialises in supporting ambitious local projects to rescue the most challenging of precious buildings across England and Wales. She was awarded an OBE in the 2016 New Years Honours for services to community assets in the UK.

Louise Stewart

Architectural Heritage Fund

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Louise Stewart is an experienced fundraising and project management consultant, most recently supporting the Swanage Pier Regeneration Project.  

Previously, she worked as manager of a Local Strategic Partnership in Dorset, supporting a wide range of community and partnership initiatives, including Neighbourhood Planning. This role also involved managing different streams of grant funding. 

Louise was part of the founding team of the Architecture Centre in Bristol and was commissioned as National Architecture Centre Network Co-ordinator, working for CABE and the Arts Council. She went on to work as project manager of the Design Sense Award for sustainable design and architecture, on behalf of the Design Museum, London. 

Louise studied Art and Design History at Cardiff University and has an MSc in the History of Modern Architecture from UCL. She is a qualified Funding Advisor with wide experience of supporting community groups and securing funds.