Emmaus Salford is a registered charity (no. 1128162) and registered company (no. 6616666). As a registered charity we take our governance very seriously.

Legal and financial responsibility for the proper conduct of the Emmaus Salford’s affairs rests with the trustees, who must report annually to the Charity Commission and to Companies House.

Emmaus Salford is also a member of Emmaus International, Emmaus UK and the Emmaus North West Partnership.

Our Trustees

Ian Cottam

Ian was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2020, and is a digital specialist. He recently retired after some 48 years working mainly in academia (much of it with The University of Manchester), but also industry, as a software engineer and technical manager. He also spent some time at Manchester’s Business School (now the Alliance Manchester Business School) working on change management and business process re-engineering with local authorities, such as Salford and Coventry. Ian is a Chartered IT Practitioner (CITP, MBCS) via the British Computer Society, and holds a master’s degree in computation. This is Ian’s first experience of trustee work, although he has acted as an IT advisor to Diversity Matters North West, and still does from time to time.

Janet Davies

Janet joined Emmaus Salford when the charity was first established and has served on the Board of Trustees ever since. Janet has undertaken a wide range of voluntary work over many decades, much of which has been with vulnerable adults and with the homeless in and around Manchester. In particular Janet worked one night a week over a period of eight years on projects with those who were homeless/rough sleepers in Manchester. Janet has also worked in schools with vulnerable children and for 13 years was a senior mentor to vulnerable high school students with specific emotional and social problems. Janet is a key link between Emmaus Salford and other local charities and groups.

Hilary Dunn (Chair of Trustees)

Hilary is a retired solicitor and retired Deputy District Judge in the County Court. Hilary’s focus throughout her career has been in all aspects of family work and child-related proceedings. Until retirement, Hilary was one of two Managing Partners at Fieldings Porter with particular responsibility for managing staff and implementing budgets. Hilary joined Emmaus Salford as a trustee as it was formed and continues to support the Board of Trustees with legal advice.

Alex Fenton

Alex joined the Board of Trustees for Emmaus Salford in 2020 with a digital development and innovation remit. Alex graduated with a digital media degree in 1997 and has worked in the digital and higher education industries in Salford and Manchester ever since. He is passionate about tech for good and is engaged in a wide range of digital transformation projects aimed at improving people’s lives and solving problems. He is an academic in digital business at the University of Salford and author of many digital transformation publications derived from his practical work.

Dr Marie Griffiths

Marie is a Reader of Digital Technologies at Salford Business School. She is also the Post Graduate Director and recent ex-President of UKAIS (UK Academy in Information System),  programme leader for MSc Digital Business and MSc Managing Innovation and Information Technologies, and has teaching commitments within these areas. Marie has significant practical experience gained working on varied digital ‘live’ research projects, which have explored the commercial and societal implications of technological change. Marie also researches identity, ethics, privacy and surveillance technologies in these areas. This led to authoring a recently published book (with fellow trustee Alex Fenton and colleague Gordon Fletcher), Digital Strategic Transformation: a results driven approach that focused on digitally transforming SMEs. Marie is a big Manchester City fan and goes running and playing netball. She is married, has two sons and three dogs.

Pauline L Lewis (Vice Chair of Trustees / Chair of Personnel Committee)

Pauline joined Emmaus Salford as a volunteer in 2013, following a career in the public sector. With a background in law and business management, Pauline has undertaken voluntary work across a broad range of charities for some 40 years. In recent years she has focused on governance, financial management and strategic risk management. She is a member of the Chartered Management Institute, holds an MBA and is a coach and mentor currently providing support in the Manchester Diocese. Pauline has gained considerable experience as a local leader of schools governance, and is an experienced Chair of Governors. Pauline leads on fundraising for Emmaus Salford and Chairs the Personnel Committee. She was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2015.

Erin Portsmouth (Secretary)

Erin is a chartered public relations practitioner who started her career in private sector marketing and communications consultancies, but for the past ten years has worked in the National Health Service. She is currently Director of Corporate Affairs at NHS Oldham Clinical Commissioning Group where she oversees a portfolio including governance, equality and diversity, public affairs, human resources, organisational development and legal. She has a Masters degree in public relations, is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR), and served on the CIPR North West Group Committee as a volunteer for ten years, also holding a three year term as Chair. She was appointed to the Board of Trustees of Emmaus Salford in 2017.