All of our Trustees have a diverse set of skills and backgrounds, including a chartered accountant, chartered surveyor, former government cabinet adviser, and others with financial, support, business and marketing backgrounds.

The purpose of the board is to provide sound governance to the organisation. This includes agreeing strategic direction, approving and reviewing policies and procedures, appointing executive staff and ensuring compliance with the objectives, purposes and values of the organisation, and with its governing document. The Emmaus Hertfordshire board of trustees has adopted the NCVO Code of Good Governance. The board meets bi-monthly, for discussion, feedback and socialising.

Emmaus Hertfordshire regularly conducts a board skills analysis and has a structured and transparent method for recruiting additional experienced, qualified and committed people to join and strengthen the board and project groups.

We are currently recruiting for three new Trustees to join our board. If you have an interest, lived-experience, specific skills or professional knowledge in property development, marketing, social care or social housing get in touch. Visit our Jobs page for more information and to apply.

Active Patrons : Lord Charles Cecil and Lady Virginia Cecil

Co-Chairs: Rosie Fraser and Heather Hurford
Secretary: Julia Elson
Treasurer: Robert Prynn

Current Trustees: Richard Exact, Jon Landau, Sam Drury, Robert Prynn and Clare Holloway.

Lord Charles Cecil and Lady Virginia Cecil
Trustee Board Active Patrons

Lord Charles Cecil and Lady Virginia Cecil

Charles and Virginia first encountered Emmaus when he was High Sheriff of Hertfordshire in 2011/12. They were delighted to be asked to become Patrons in 2013, having seen what extraordinary work Emmaus does—and now to be able give active support.
Virginia practiced as a Five Element Acupuncturist (including charitable working at Drugcare St. Albans with addiction and PTSD sufferers) after a career in the art world and before that in retail and fashion. Charles has always been in the financial world, is active in a number of Hertfordshire charities and organisations and is a Deputy Lieutenant of Hertfordshire. Their interests include gardens, country life, travel, reading and music.

Rosie Fraser
Trustee Board Co-Chair

Rosie Fraser

Rosie joined the Emmaus Hertfordshire Board in 2013 and became Co-chair in March 2018. She has a background in property consultancy and charity governance and fundraising. Rosie is also a Trustee of the Heritage of London Trust Operations, which aims to support the repair and re-use of derelict heritage buildings in London. She enjoys hill walking and swimming

Heather Hurford
Trustee Board Co-Chair

Heather Hurford

I joined the Emmaus Hertfordshire board in June 2017 and became Co-Chair in March 2018. I wanted to support a local charity and was attracted to Emmaus because it is such a practical organisation, helping people move on from experiences of social exclusion and homelessness and to get their lives back on track.

I am also a trustee for Herts Musical Memories. My background is in psychology, mental health social work and mental health law.

Richard Exact
Trustee

Richard Exact

My interest in homelessness began in the late 1980s when I used to walk through the cardboard city near Waterloo.  I moved to St Albans over 20 years ago and continued to support a number of homeless charities.  Once my children left home I decided that I wanted to be more involved in the governance of a charity that I felt a strong affiliation to and was delighted to become a trustee of Emmaus Herts in 2017.  I am lucky to work locally, and also active in one of the local churches whilst also enjoying opportunities to run, walk or cycle in the local countryside.

Sam Drury
Trustee

Sam Drury

I worked in financial services as an underwriter and broker for Lloyds of London. Initially, I was based in London before moving to Singapore where I spent ten years covering Asia and Australia. On returning to the UK at the beginning of 2017, I searched for charities that might find my financial skills and fundraising experience useful. My main aim was to find an organisation that I could get deeply involved with and dedicate a portion of my working week to instead of only helping in my spare time.

The work of Emmaus Hertfordshire stood out. I found it appealing that residents, known as companions, can stay for as long as they want and receive support for all aspects of their life and whatever problems they are facing. When discussing becoming a trustee, I wanted to volunteer and experience all the work that companions do, whether that be upholstery, helping in the workshop, cooking, working in the retail shops or on the vans. I wanted to know the organisation, the companions, and the staff to get a good understanding of how an Emmaus community works before officially becoming a trustee. This helped me to start from the ground and work up.

Jon Landau
Trustee

Jon Landau

Jon works in venture capital with some of the fastest growing technology, retail and creative businesses in the UK. His expertise is in business development and he is passionate about great customer service. Jon lives in Barnet and has been a regular Emmaus donor and customer; he is delighted to have joined as a Trustee in June 2018 to offer his support to the wider organisation.

Julia Elson
Trustee Board Secretary

Julia Elson

Julia joined the Emmaus board in April 2019 and  has experience in working both in voluntary and private sectors. She  is a qualified solicitor, and is currently Legal Director for a hospitality and leisure chain. She enjoys walking, yoga, reading and playing the saxophone.

Robert Prynn
Trustee

Robert Prynn

I have lived in Harpenden for the last 22 years and am keen to support charities which have an impact on my local community. Emmaus St Albans is part of a national network but is primarily focused on the local community in which it operates.  What impresses me about Emmaus is that it provides a support network for all the companions, it’s not just about a bed for the night but also providing work and that important sense of belonging within a community with the ultimate aim that companions become self sufficient.I have worked in finance for over thirty years most recently as  the Chief Financial Officer of a top 100 UK private company with extensive experience of working as a senior director with particular specialism in finance, strategy and system implementation. In my current role the objective is to maximize the profitability of 54 road service locations across the UK which needs strategic and commercial input as well as my knowledge of finance. As Emmaus relies on the retail shops for a significant proportion of the total income and high street sales are going through a very difficult period I hope that I can offer help in identifying opportunities to maximize the income through these locations together with new sources of income.