John Machin, Chair
John recently retired from his international career in the chemical industry, having worked and lived in many countries over nearly 40 years. He relocated back to the UK when he retired in 2015, but still holds non-executive director positions abroad. He’s now based in Middleton Tyas, North Yorkshire. John first got involved with Emmaus North East due to the “different and unique approach” taken by the charity, and the substantial scope of the South Tyneside project. With extensive experience in industry, he was keen to bring his knowledge to the third sector, and contribute to our exciting cause.
Jenny is a practising solicitor specialising in commercial property. She is a Northumbria University graduate, born and raised in Newcastle. Jenny formerly worked at an international law firm based in the North East before securing her current role as senior associate within a fast-growing commercial firm in Gosforth. She has extensive experience advising various charitable and educational organisations throughout her career and was previously a trustee of an Academy School in Durham. Jenny was drawn to Emmaus North East because of its unique approach and the lasting skills and support it offers to companions. She hopes that her expertise will be an asset to our charity and will help to support our ambitious plans for the future.
Peter was born and brought up in the North East, and returned to work here after university. He is an architect who has worked for 30 years across many sectors including public and private sector, residential, healthcare, retail, and commercial. As well as project design and delivery, he has an interest in quality management and business development. His other current activities include part-time university teaching and examining, and hosting international post-graduate students. Peter’s interest in Emmaus began through Don Pinchbeck (see below), with whom he worked as part of a locally active branch of the Royal Society of Arts. The Emmaus live-work concept immediately appealed to him, so when new trustees were being sought to help with setting up our new regional community he was keen to become involved.
Alicia moved to the North East in 2008 to complete her MA and loves the region so much that she laid down roots in South Tyneside. Previous work in marketing, education and supporting people with complex social welfare needs and disabilities was dominated by the desire to improve services and raise aspirations of the most vulnerable in society. She moved over to the charitable sector in 2017 supporting charities such as The Children’s Foundation and Pioneering Care Partnership with business development and income generation. Primarily, Alicia writes bids for grants, develops corporate and community relationships and encourages better approaches to fundraising. An interest in influencing good systems and governance led her to seek a voluntary position as a trustee for a charity with local impact.
Paul is a retired Northumbria Police Inspector, who spent much of his career working in various parts of Gateshead. While head of a community-based policing team, he built and maintained productive working partnerships with the local council and other voluntary organisations. As an executive member of the Police Federation, he was also involved in strategic decision making at a local, regional and national level, whilst holding specific responsibility for governance, negotiating and communications. Paul now runs a successful small business which specialises in community-based one-day music events.
Don was originally an electronics engineer who rose through sales, marketing, training, and human resource roles, before moving into general management. He worked internationally as functional director, CEO and chair of several multinationals before conducting a series of company turnarounds in the public, private and third sectors. He served 15 years as a youth club leader, and several years as chair of a hospice. Don is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Member of the Institute of Directors. He recently completed a term as a member of the Emmaus UK Federation Committee.
Gemma is a communications professional with substantial experience in both internal and external communications for a €14bn global paints and coatings organisation. Currently working for a multinational telecommunications company in an internally focused role, Gemma will bring a sound knowledge of reputation management, branding and crisis communications to Emmaus, alongside the understanding of ‘being on the other side of the fence’ for companies who are looking to improve their corporate social responsibility agenda. The vision to enable homeless people to rebuild their lives through a social enterprise that enriches and involves the local community really appealed to Gemma. As a mother to two small children she has a desire to show her children that if something is wrong with the world you can try and do something to fix it rather than walking by.
Julian has a background in healthcare with a particular interest in helping to transform people affected by mental health problems, addiction and dependency. He currently works in a managerial role at a large teaching hospital in the North East. Julian has an interest in the sustainability of charities, both from a social enterprise and financial perspective. He hopes his experience can bring a new dimension and perspective to Emmaus North East.