My name is Tony Ferrier and I became a trustee for Emmaus Glasgow when I moved to Scotland in 2019. I’m also a trustee for Emmaus UK and national delegate.
I live in Dumfries, which is an hour and a half away from Glasgow. I come over to Emmaus Glasgow regularly for meetings and I’m supporting Emmaus Glasgow with finance, due to my previous role as Chief Executive of Emmaus Hertfordshire.
I spent most of my working life in manufacturing and played a key role the company’s growth from a £1 to £90 million turnover. As Director of Manufacturing, I had responsibility for strategic development and the running of two ‘world class’ 24/7 production facilities well known in their sector for high performance, automation, and quality. In my final year I was joint recipient of the ‘Manufacturing Excellence’ award for ‘Business Development & Change Management’ presented by Andrew Marr).
I left this behind to work in the third sector. I started out as a volunteer working in one of the Emmaus Hertfordshire shops….. and that’s the beginning of another story.
I was elected trustee for Emmaus UK in 2015. After about three years as Chief Executive at Emmaus Hertfordshire, I wanted to know more about the workings of a federated charity and Emmaus International. Also having been involved in a positive turnaround in the fortunes of our community, I thought there would be opportunities to help other communities.
I became a national delegate for Emmaus UK in 2021. It is a voluntary role voted for by federation members in every Emmaus country that has three or more member communities in their country. Each national delegate has a seat on the board of their regional council, in the case of Emmaus UK, that’s Emmaus Europe. The role is to form a link between Emmaus International and the member communities and groups, and highlight events and campaigns, to generate interest in EE and EI and promote solidarity.
What I love most about Emmaus is that I’m working with like-minded people and being part of something with such worthy objectives. Being part of a movement that despite its challenges is successful and making a difference. To sum up what Emmaus means to me in one sentence is that it’s the opportunity to have a positive impact on the lives of those less fortunate.