Matthew Last (Chair)

Matthew Last has been a trustee since 2012. He is director of a local management consultancy and leadership development company and has a business development background. As a trustee he focuses on the business and social enterprise aspects of Emmaus Cambridge, including renewable energy, new business initiatives and, being a keen beekeeper himself, establishing hives in Landbeach.

Andrew Cornish

Andrew is a former GP with a wide range of clinical interests.  He also has experience of volunteering with Voluntary Service Overseas, living and working for a year in southern Ethiopia.

John Dawson

John was co-opted to the board in March 2016 and appreciates working alongside trustees and being involved in the life of Emmaus Cambridge.

John Murphy

John has a background in the technology sector, having founded a number of companies one of which deals exclusively in the charity sector. His main area of expertise is in sales and marketing and Emmaus is the first charity he has been involved with. Using his knowledge and understanding of how technology is transforming marketing and communications, he hopes to bring our amazing brand and cause to more of the general public’s attention.

Judith Rippeth

Judith joined our board of trustees in 2018 and also represents the local area as a district councillor. She has previously worked as a secondary English teacher and lives locally with her husband and three children. In her spare time, Judith enjoys travel, art galleries and running. She is inspired by Emmaus’s work and how we help companions to get their lives back on track with a sense of purpose and fulfilment.

Will Erby

Will is a junior accountant for a local accountancy firm. Having worked with a number of charities in a professional capacity, he is keen to bring these skills to his role as a trustee. Will wants to help to ensure we maintain our success and financial sustainability so we can continue to provide a community in which everyone is welcome, treated equally and with dignity. In his spare time, Will enjoys travelling and sports.

Louisa Matheson

Louisa is an experienced forensic accountant and accounting tutor. She trained with a French company and worked on investigations as far afield as Italy and Uganda. She now lives in Cambridge with her young family, where she has acted as a trustee and financial director for two local nurseries.

Peter Summerfield

Peter became a Trustee and Volunteer with Emmaus Cambridge in 2019 as he was interested in using his medical background and business experience to support and work alongside vulnerable people.

Helena Renfrew-Knight

Helena has a background in strategy with a focus on media, technology, coaching and change. She ran her own business for a number of years and is now Head of Strategy for a Cambridge-based company. Her focus as a trustee is the future development of Emmaus Cambridge and ensuring its sustainability.

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