Emmaus Lambeth trustees have overall responsibility for the work that we do. They make sure we fulfil our legal requirements,  that we have a clear set of goals and are doing what we were set up to do. Our trustees come from all walks of life, sharing their skills and knowledge in a voluntary capacity.


Claire Burton is Head of Corporate Responsibility at Deloitte. Claire leads the firm’s community and volunteering initiatives including their Skills and Education programmes with Teach First, their charitable relationships and their support to social enterprise through the Deloitte Social Innovation Pioneers programme. Claire loves cooking and is a keen runner.

Jon Pallas joined Emmaus Lambeth in 2009 as a volunteer fundraiser, and became Chair of Trustees in May 2010. He is a passionate supporter of the Emmaus principles which combine a secure home environment with meaningful and worthwhile work. Outside of Emmaus, Jon is an HR professional and has worked in senior roles across UK, Europe and the USA. He is currently HR Director for Coveris, a leading packaging firm based in the UK employing over 2,500 people in 15 manufacturing sites. He lives in W London with his wife and 2 teenage daughters.

Saffron Clackson joined as a trustee at the start of 2017, after many years of interest in Emmaus’ model.  She is a civil servant in the Ministry of Justice, working on prisons policy. Separate to her day job, she volunteered in Brixton prison as an independent monitor of conditions for over 8 years.  She was previously Head of Operations at a Social Enterprise in East London, focused on providing affordable housing and encouraging volunteering through an innovative model.  Saffron enjoys cycling, camping, dancing and practising Buddhism.

Siân Nicholson joined as a Trustee of Emmaus Lambeth in 2017. Siân is Head of Fundraising and Philanthropy for The Mix, a digital support charity for under 25s, managing relationships with major donors and trusts. Previously Siân worked at Spires, a day centre in Streatham who work closely with Emmaus, where she developed her passion for supporting homeless people. Siân enjoys running, good food and long walks.

Protima Sikdar-Wood joined as Trustee of Emmaus Lambeth in 2017. She is a commercial property solicitor and also the Head of the Not for Profit Sector at Morrisons Solicitors LLP. Having spent time volunteering and getting to know the companions, Protima became passionate about the work that Emmaus does in trying to assist companions get out of a catch22 situation by giving them a home and a place to work to help them get back on the ladder. In her spare time, Protima likes to bake and take long walks in the countryside.

Robert Lee has a career in airline management with first with British Airways then as a consultant. He also had several years as a magistrate sitting on the Richmond and then the South West London Bench. In his spare time he enjoys walking, travelling and watching sport. He has seen England lose at cricket in 5 continents and his ambition is to see Manchester City in the Champions League final.