Andrew Morgan Giles, Chair
Andrew was appointed chair of trustees in January 2021, and is also the treasurer and a member of the Emmaus Oxford social enterprise committee. Andrew retired as COO of executive education at Oxford University in 2011. Prior to that he had extensive experience in the private sector as the chief executive of various SMEs, mostly in the construction industry. He also held functional responsibility for operations, finance, sales and marketing at earlier stages of his career. Andrew is a chartered engineer and qualified project manager, and has an MBA from Oxford University.
Hugh chaired the Emmaus Oxford board for many years until standing down in 2021. Hugh remains on the board as a trustee and is an associate fellow at Said Business School, where he leads the international advisory board for executive education. He is also a member of the governing body of Oxford University Press and non-executive adviser to the global executive board of Knight Frank. A lawyer for more than 30 years, he is a former partner and chief executive of international law firm, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where he pioneered a corporate charitable programme. He also served on the board of the Financial Times, and acted as a consultant to the Clinton Foundation HIV/Aids Initiative from 2007–2010. As well as being a trustee at Emmaus Oxford, Hugh chairs the new build committee and has been instrumental in realising the store in Barns Road, Cowley.
Mark has more than 30 years’ experience in the marketing and media research industry, mostly with The Nielsen Company. He has held various senior international leadership positions in marketing, sales, client service, new business development and general management. He has a wealth of expertise in commercial strategy, contract negotiations, client relationship development, team building, individual coaching and mentoring. He is currently working as an independent management consultant, advising a number of organisations. Alongside his trustee responsibilities, Mark is chair of the Emmaus Oxford social enterprise committee. In addition, he has recently become a Trustee of OXSRAD, an Oxford based charity providing integrated sports and recreation facilities for all abilities.
Peter has spent the majority of his working life in the race car industry, being involved with everything from managing racing teams to manufacturing the racing cars and the facilities in which they are built. During that time he has worked at all levels, working his way up from a mechanic to operations director of what, was at the time, was the largest manufacturer of racing cars in the world. Over 16 years ago, Peter established Overmarsh Engineering – a three man engineering project management company. Peter has been a supporter of Emmaus for many years and greatly admires its efforts to provide practical and sustainable support for homeless people.
Nick is chair of the Companion Welfare Committee – a committee that sees companions, staff, trustees and co-opted members get together to discuss companion issues and community life. Nick has worked as a Consultant Psychiatrist with the Oxford Mental Health Trust, a Hon. Sen. Lecturer in Psychiatry at the University of Oxford, a family therapy tutor & trainer, a college adviser and as a education consultant involved in setting up and implementing post-disaster mental health services, mainly on behalf of UNHCR. Nick has been a supporter of Emmaus Oxford for many years, believing that it ‘does what it says on the tin’ by supporting people from all backgrounds.
Catherine is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and worked in human resources for three major companies over 30 years both in the financial and then commercial sector. Her most recent employment was in the charitable sector for Marriage Care, a national charity working with couples, both individually and in groups to support their relationship, as an HR consultant. She remains a trustee and a volunteer with Marriage Care. Catherine has been involved with Emmaus Oxford for a number of years as a volunteer specialist in HR before joining us as a trustee in 2020.