Our mission is to positively and significantly contribute to the physical, social and economic regeneration of the City.
The Inner City Trust has a strong and consistent track record of project development and effective asset management over the last 25 years. Many of the projects developed by the Group have not only contributed to their primary goals of regeneration and social development but also have in many cases went on to be recognised as city landmarks within the built environment of the City. As a not for private profit group, the Trust has over the years not only invested and re-invested but also has through tis redistribution mechanism contributed to and continues to contribute to the widening and deepening of social intervention, skills development and economic regeneration. Over the years, the Group has developed some of the most landmark buildings in the city including The Craft Village, The Tower Museum, The Tower Hotel, Bishops Gate Hotel and The Calgagh Centre
Dickensian in appearance and delightful in layout, Derry’s Craft Village located off Shipquay Street is a cultural oasis in the heart of a vibrant city. A reconstruction of an 18th Century Street and 19th Century Square, the Craft Village provides an eclectic mix of artisan craft shops, balconied apartments, outdoor entertainment, licensed restaurant and coffee shops.
Formerly the Northern Counties Hotel, the Group acquired this B1 Listed Building in with the purpose of refurbishing and converting the existing hotel into a 32 bed boutique hotel. This building is located on Bishop’s Street, within the Historic City Conservation Area of Derry. Immediate neighbours include the Grade A Listed St Columb’s Catherdral; the Grade A listed Church of Ireland Deanery; The Grade B1 Listed St Columb’s Court; among others. The new Boutique hotel brings social and economic benefit to the inner city area.
The Gortfoyle Complex is situated in the Spencer Road area of the Waterside. The development of this complex involved the renovation of the former Police Station for the Waterside and the demolition and rebuild of the Old Stables area, situated just behind the Police Barracks building. This development brought much needed commercial office space to the Spencer Road area bringing with it, social and economic benefit. It now consists of 12 fully accessible high-spec offices and training facilities.
Key facts about us
SUPPORT TO EXTERNAL CHARITIES
Shared Future Centre
The Shared Future Centre, a new purpose built office block is situated on the site of the former Clondermot school. the block sits at an interface area and provides facilities for all of the communities surrounding it. The tenants of the building include training services, charity offices and the cross community waterside neighbourhood renewal project.
The Tullyalley Renewal Project aims to reopen the Tullyalley Community Centre and to ensure that it is operated in a coherent, transparent and productive way thereby creating a renewed community presence that will act as a hub for services and a galvanising centre to foster community inclusion and responsibility.
31 – 33 Shipquay Street
This B1 Listed Building, formerly known as ‘The Old Custom House’, was built in 1741. This building was acquired and restored by the trust and now houses the head office of the trust. It also houses the Fashion and Textile Design Centre. This is a trust project to improve the skills of those seeking employment in the textile and fashion industries. The centre contains incubator workshops, advanced incubators and conference facilities. This listed building ,once dilapidated, now is positively contributing to the sills objectives of the trust as well as resuming its important and restored physical presence in the main street of the city.
Meet the team
Ieuan joined inner City Trust as Finance Manager in 2016. An ACCA qualified accountant, he has over twenty five years’ experience of financial management within the charity and housing sectors.
Megan joined Inner City Trust in a Property Management role and as Personal Assistant to the Chief Executive. A PhD graduate, she has a background in research and data management.
Blane O Donnell
Blane joined the Inner City Trust in September 2015 after graduating as a Creative Technologist.
Specializing in graphic and web design, Blane takes care of the organisations promotion and event management.
Meet The Team
Helen Quigley is Chief Executive Officer of Inner City Trust Group, Vice Chair of Development Trust Northern Ireland, an Academy of Urbanism member, a Council of Ulster University member; Chair of Fashion and Textile Design Centre and a City of London and Deputy Lieutenant for the Borough of London Freeman.
Helen is also a Fellow of the Institute of Accounting Technicians and worked in an accountancy practice in Derry for 30 years. She is a former Councillor and Mayor of Derry (2006-07) and served as the President of the Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA) in 2008-09. As a Public Representative, Helen has held various positions both on Derry City Council and outside bodies.
BISHOP JAMES MEHAFFEY
A founding member of the Inner City Trust, Bishop Mehaffey was Church of Ireland Bishop of Derry and Raphoe from 1980 – 2002. The Bishop has a particular interest in the relief of poverty, urban renewal, job creation and regeneration. He is firmly committed to the principles of social justice and reconciliation. His personal interests include rugby, gardening, and travel, in particular Donegal and Africa, both of which he visits regularly with his wife, Thelma
John worked in local government for 40 years, most recently serving on a number of committees in a Senior Executive capacity. In Derry City Council, Mr Meehan acted as Town Clerk and Chief Executive
DIRECTOR AND CHAIR OF BPT
Tony is a chartered town planner with 43 years’ experience in town planning which covers a period from 1970 starting in Londonderry Development Commission.
DIRECT AND CHAIR OF TET
A founding member of the Tamneymore Enterprise Trust, Patrick has dedicated himself to the principles of social justice and community development. He has worked in engineering, commercial and community work and was involved in the establishment of the Glendermott Valley Business Park and the re-build of Gortfoyle House & Business Centre.
Since 2000 Bill McBride has been a Director and Company Secretary of the Waterside Development Trust/Tamneymore Enterprise Trust during which time he was involved in the re-build of Gortfoyle House, the construction of Glendermott Valley Business Park and Gortfoyle Business Centre, and the modification of Trench Road Shopping Centre. He has been a Director of Inner City Trust since 2006, Inner City Buildings Preservation Trust since 2012 and is Chair of Finance Sub-Committee of Inner City Trust. Bill was General Manager of Woodlock Joinery, Omagh from 1997 – 2000 which he joined having spent two years in Saudi Arabia where he was Assistant General Manager of the Al Hokair Group. Bill started his working life in Du Pont, Derry where he was employed for 33 years. He is also a Director of Inner City Trust and Inner City Buildings Preservation Trust.
A member of Inner City Trust since 2006, Rosemary Morton chairs the Trust’s Charities Subgroup. She is a graduate of the University of Ulster and has a Teaching Diploma from the London College of Music. Rosemary is a trained counsellor and volunteers in a number of charitable organisations. She is active in the Mothers Union and is married to William, Dean of St Columb’s Cathedral. She has three sons.
From 1975 – 1990 Philomena Melaugh lectured in Law at the North West Regional College, Derry after which she returned to Queens University to re-train as a solicitor. She practiced as a solicitor from 1993 to 2010 and then retired. Philomena was appointed to the Board of Inner City Trust in 2011 and also serves on the Board of the Well Woman Centre.
A Director of Inner City Trust since 2006 and a Director of Waterside Development Trust since 1997, Damian is extensively involved in the social and economic regeneration of the North West. His achievements include the establishment of Glendermott Valley Business Park, North West Marketing, North West Business Complex and the rebuild of Gortfoyle House & Business Centre. Damian is currently a Director with Foyle Downs Syndrome. Married to Teresa, he has two children.
Dr Alice Diver
Holds a PhD from Ulster University. She was formerly course director for LLB degree at Ulster University, Magee campus and taught Land Law and Equity & Trusts and researches in the area of adoption law, child protection & human rights. She is currently based at Edgehill University. Formerly a solicitor in private practice from 1989-1994. Originally from Montreal, she married with kids and has been living in Northern Ireland since 1979. She is also a Director of Inner City Trust, Inner City Buildings Preservation Trust and Waterside Development/Tamneymore Enterprise Trust.
The Inner City Trust has a strong and consistent track record of project development and effective asset management over the last 25 years. Many of the projects developed by the Group have not only contributed to their primary goals of regeneration and social development but also have in many cases went on to be recognised as city landmarks within the built environment of the City.