The Emmaus UK Board of Trustees is made up of representatives from across the federation, as well as independents who bring key skills and experience to the board. All of them give their time and expertise to help Emmaus UK to support the federation of charities in the UK to be the best they can be.
“We often hear about a companion’s story and their journey and I always find them humbling and a reminder of why we all give our time to helping people make a difference to their lives.”
Susan has been involved with Emmaus since 2013, first as a member of staff, then trustee at Emmaus Coventry & Warwickshire, before joining the Emmaus UK Board in 2017. Her background is in homelessness and social housing, having worked in Local Authorities and Housing Associations since leaving school.
“I have valued the opportunity to use both the business and softer skills I have gained along my life journey to benefit Emmaus companions.”
Katrina has recently retired after 13 years as Community Leader at Emmaus Leeds. Before working for Emmaus she worked for Skipton Building Society while simultaneously volunteering for the Samaritans for 40 years. It was the combination of working in business and the voluntary sector which inspired Katrina to join Emmaus.
“Being part of the Emmaus movement is a privilege. I first got involved long ago as a customer, then volunteer working alongside companions sorting donations for some years, then Trustee. Staff and companions across Emmaus inspire me constantly.”
Amanda is a trustee of Emmaus Norfolk & Waveney and is also a councillor of Emmaus International. She has a background in Marketing, spacial design and business management. She sat on the board of a large family business for many years, shaping its development into a multinational company. Amanda also has first hand experience of homelessness, having experienced it at points during early life.
Richard brings a wealth of financial experience to his role as Emmaus UK’s treasurer, having worked in finance in the charity, public and private sectors. He has been treasurer of Emmaus UK since 2019, alongside volunteering with a number of other voluntary organisations.
“I wanted to volunteer with an organisation that tackled the root cause of homelessness, and gave a second chance.”
Hazel joined the Emmaus UK Board in 2020 and is also chair of Emmaus Hampshire. Her professional background is in Local Authorities and Housing Associations and she now works as an independent consultant, advising on housing and regeneration.
“I was fascinated by the mission and spirit of Emmaus in helping companions develop self-reliance through entrepreneurial activities like running shops. This seemed a very different approach to other charities as it empowers individuals to take control of their lives.”
Keith joined the Emmaus UK Board in 2017 as an independent member. He brings extensive experience of starting and running social enterprises and brings these skills to Emmaus at a time which he feels offers a great opportunity to innovate for social change.
“For me, Emmaus means helping people to help themselves and then to help others less fortunate.”
Geraldine has been Community Director at Emmaus Coventry & Warwickshire since 2013 and joined the Emmaus UK board in 2018. She had previously worked in various roles supporting people suffering hardship and disadvantage. Geraldine also worked on the management committee for European funds in the West Midlands and for the Chamber of Commerce giving advice to businesses.
“I do enjoy being able to use my legal skills for the benefit of the Emmaus movement. It is so much more rewarding than being a lawyer who just makes rich people richer.”
John is a trustee at Emmaus Greenwich and joined the Emmaus UK Board in 2017. Having retired from a career as a solicitor in the City of London he started volunteering at Emmaus Greenwich, working alongside companions.
“The frustrations I encountered whilst working in hostels were specifically around people being trapped in a system, one that didn’t support development, education, or employment. Then came Emmaus Hull & East Riding. The rest, as they say, is history…”
Kelly is Director of Emmaus Hull & East Riding and joined the Emmaus UK board in 2018. She has always worked in the homelessness sector in Hull and when she heard Emmaus was opening in the city she was excited to get involved in a charity that was addressing homelessness in an innovative way.
“Emmaus is an amazing charity with a vision I support and agree with and an ethical approach I admire.”
Andrea joined the Emmaus UK Board in 2020, having seen, through her career in community safety, the devastating impact homelessness has on people’s lives. Her 25 years working in crime reduction and community safety mean she has extensive experience of working with people who are vulnerable to homelessness.
“I was impressed by Emmaus in France so when I returned to the UK I was keen to get involved with the charity here.”
Sara first became aware of Emmaus when she spent a year living in France following her retirement in 2014. She was impressed by her local Emmaus community there and the work she saw them doing to help people rebuild their lives. Sara joined the Emmaus UK board in 2020 and brings experience of publishing, strategic planning and direct marketing.
“I have learnt a great deal from each companion who has been with us and whenever I travel to any Emmaus community, in the UK or abroad, it just feels like home.”
Before joining Emmaus North East as Community Manager, John spent three years volunteering with a charity in Malawi followed by working in Liberia. He had heard of Emmaus before leaving for Malawi and felt drawn to the ethos and spirit of the movement. He joined Emmaus North East in 2016 when the community was being constructed and has built strong local partnerships.
“I enjoy working with like-minded people and being part of something with such worthy objectives.”
Tony was Chief Executive of Emmaus Hertfordshire for eight years until he retired to Scotland and joined the board of Emmaus Glasgow. He has also recently been appointed National Delegate for Emmaus International He first became involved with Emmaus when he started volunteering in one of Emmaus Hertfordshire’s shops, having recently left a successful career in manufacturing to pursue a career in the charity sector.
“Emmaus gives people a chance to contribute in a place where they can be safe, heal, fail, try again, grow and belong. Working to support that gets me up in the morning.”
Lucia’s first experience with Emmaus was in 2000 when she helped to set up Emmaus Village Carlton. In 2016 she was invited to re-join the board there and was elected Chair in 2019. Now retired, Lucia’s professional background is in social work and mental health support and she has also travelled widely, including spending six months volunteering in Peru.