There is a growing recognition of the need to address regeneration management skills in order to implement the important regeneration agenda. Gaps in such skills include leadership especially in the context of the multi agency and community working necessarily involved in regeneration. There is also a need to nurture the developing links between practitioners and academics in delivering the required. This article reflects on current research on leadership in the public sector and in regeneration. It also contains some early thoughts on academic/practitioner linkages and concludes with suggestions on the future of regeneration management research in the UK.