matthew Ludlam

Matthew Ludlam

3rd September 1981 – 26th June 2015

The Matthew Ludlam Foundation was set up in 2016 by family and friends of Matthew, to raise funds for charitable purposes in his memory.

Matthew was a proud Mancunian who lived and worked in the City all his life.

He was born at Withington Hospital in 1981; went to primary school in Chorlton; secondary school at William Hulme; sixth form at Xavarian College and completed undergraduate and postgraduate studies at Manchester University.

At university he studied Town Planning and in 2003 was awarded a First Class Honours Degree; the University of Manchester Heywood Medal for graduating with the highest overall average marks in Planning and the RTPI NW Moss Madden Award for the best final year project work by an undergraduate student in the North West Planning Schools. He became a Member of the RTPI in 2014.

Matthew started his career at URBED in the Northern Quarter, moved to Taylor Young, where he met Shelagh McNerney (Chair of Trustees of the Foundation), who then set up an office for Taylor Young in the Northern Quarter. He progressed to establish a new urban regeneration practice, SHAPE, with Shelagh. Matthew then joined Ludlam Associates in Didsbury and was making good progress to take over the practice.

Matthew had a strong commitment to environmental sustainability and community involvement, and was passionate about urban planning and regeneration.

The Foundation’s long-term aim has been to create a secure income stream which will fund Scholarships, Grants and Awards in Matthew’s name.


Shelagh McNerney

Shelagh McNerney

M.Phil. Town Planning. (UCL). FRSA.

Shelagh is a regeneration and development professional with a love of cities, people and places with a track record of bringing people together to solve problems and deliver investment and regeneration. She has a long career in the public sector (Chester, Bolton & Manchester) followed by 10 years in the Private Sector (2004 - 2015) and now works in the field of regeneration and town planning. Shelagh met Matthew through their shared interests in architecture, art, life and laughs. They spent time travelling around Europe, the USA, Ireland and cities of all descriptions. Shelagh's son Dylan knew Matthew as a small child and remembers his sense of fun and how he taught him to climb trees properly!

Rebecca Kenrick

Rebecca Kenrick

Rebecca is a dual qualified Solicitor and Barrister, currently practicing as a Solicitor. Rebecca met Matthew at Xaverian College in Manchester when they were both just 16 and studying history. They discovered shared interests in music, film and fun, and spent a great deal of time in each other's company. Rebecca is delighted to be a trustee of the Matthew Ludlam Foundation and hopes to help progress projects, particularly for young people, in areas that would have been of interest to Matthew.

Rob Mawdsley

Rob Mawdsley


Rob’s background is in mechanical and aircraft engineering and previously had his own building business. His main role is in contributing development, building and maintenance skills to maximise the rental from the property portfolio which is the Foundation’s main funding source of income. Rob knew Matthew from 2004 and they shared a passion for renovating property and 1950’s shiny metal things, including Airstream Caravans, kitchens and American cars. Despite his best efforts, Matthew failed to up-cycle Rob’s taste in fashion and food.


“The Objects for which the Charity is established are to advance such general charitable purposes for the public benefit as the Trustees may see fit.”

If you wish to apply for funding from TMLF please contact us by email: trustees@tmlf.co.uk

Examples of the type of projects we have Funded can be found in the news section below.