Emmaus Cornwall Board of Trustees:
To find out more about our trustees, read their bios below. This year, we have been extremely fortunate to welcome five new trustees – all of their bios will be added to this page soon.
Sue, now retired, worked for Barclays Bank, Bristol and West Building Society as well as the Devon and Cornwall Constabulary in a civilian role; all her working life has been in Cornwall. Sue was an active voluntary member of St John Ambulance for 40 years, including just over three years as County Commissioner for Cornwall, finally running the St John Fellowship, an organisation for retired members. For some 20 years Sue was a voluntary observer for the Institute of Advance Motorists.
Michael is also an International Councillor of Emmaus International and Treasurer of Emmaus Europe.
Michael brings significant experience of working in the public, private and voluntary sectors in a range of leadership roles, particularly in mental health, social care and housing. He first became involved with Emmaus in 2009 as a trustee at Emmaus Gloucestershire. He is committed to the values and beliefs of Emmaus and the work it does in the UK and worldwide with socially excluded and disadvantaged people, where each individual is recognised for what they can contribute regardless of social status and given the opportunity to succeed in what they do.
Rod has had a long and varied career in education, consultancy and manufacturing in a wide range of roles. Becoming a Trustee with Emmaus Cornwall in 2019 is an opportunity to make a very real and positive difference to the lives of an important sector of our society and their families.
Richard is a retired local government officer with 30 years of legal and governance experience. He has been a member of Emmaus Cornwall for nearly 10 years and recently became a trustee. He left his job with Cornwall Council to focus on writing a novel and to support charities and social enterprises. He is a member of the Working Group with Eden and sees this initiative as an exciting opportunity to partner with a national and global name and to make a significant attempt at addressing long term homelessness in Cornwall
Jo grew up in Northern Ireland, read History at Oxford University and has lived in Cornwall since 2003, moving there with her husband and children to live life by the sea. She set up her own retail business and then became Philanthropy Director at the Cornwall Community Foundation where she learned in detail about the acute level of deprivation and homelessness across Cornwall and Isles of Scilly. She joined the Board of Emmaus Cornwall in Autumn 2020 and chairs the Fundraising and Marketing Committee.
Nina has recently moved to the South West after a career in film, digital media and visitor attraction creation, which took her around the world working within different cultures.
She has considerable experience with community projects, most recently leading the build of a community hub and café in the Lake District. The Ennerdale Hub was created after a parish consultation with the 500 residents, who identified a need for a village facility.
Nina offers mentoring to small businesses and individuals, and charities offering young offenders a chance to rebuild their lives.
Nina joined the Board of Emmaus in Autumn 2020 and chairs the Business Enterprise and Management Committee.
“As Chair of the development of our social enterprises, I feel confident that we are moving towards creating a new Emmaus Community that will give nurture and meaningful support to our companions in both their personal lives and via rewarding work. Our enterprises will have an ecological impact and be sustainable in their model.”