Our trustees

Accountability for Emmaus Salford lies with a group of volunteer Trustees, who make up the board.  Find out more about the Trustees.

Hilary Dunn (Chair of Trustees)

Hilary is a solicitor and a consultant in the family department of Fieldings Porter Solicitors, and currently sits as a 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.

Ian Orrell (Vice Chair of Trustees)

Ian is a former Science Master at Manchester Grammar School and has been a Trustee of Emmaus Salford since its inception. Ian undertook some of the early fundraising for the Community that ensured we had sufficient funds for the early work in sourcing our shop at Seaford Road and the main building Emmaus House in central Salford. Ian’s own contribution to this was undertaking a sponsored walk from Land’s End to John ‘O Groats. Ian has worked in the Emmaus shops and continues to have an active interest giving support to a broad spectrum of activities undertaken at Emmaus Salford.    

Don Simpson (Company Secretary)

Don is a former local authority housing department chief, a housing lecturer and a consultant in housing matters. He was a Trustee of Shelter for several years. Don has a long standing connection to the Emmaus movement and has served as Chair of Emmaus Mossley and Emmaus Preston. He has served on many of the Emmaus Federation's committees, and continues to maintain links with other Emmaus groups and communities. Don has been Company Secretary of Emmaus Salford since its inception. He is a member of the Operational Research Society and of the Institute of Fundraising.

Gordon Travis (Treasurer)

Gordon is a Chartered Accountant and was formerly Company Secretary for the UK's largest children's charity, Barnardo's.  He is also Treasurer for the Shaw and Royton Methodist Circuit.  He became a Trustee and Treasurer of Emmaus Salford in 2012, and is responsible for production of the management and statutory accounts, and other financial information.

Cllr Jillian Collinson

Jillian is currently a Councillor representing the Boothstown and Ellenbrook Ward having first been elected in 2010, and is the Conservative Party’s  spokesperson for children’s services, sitting on the Children and Young Peoples’ Scrutiny Committee, Corporate Parenting Panel, and also the Public Health and Wellbeing Board. She has a keen interest in safeguarding issues and regularly undertakes Regulation 44 visits to Salford’s children’s homes.  Jillian joined Emmaus Salford as a Trustee in 2015.

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. 

Pauline L Lewis

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 Chartered Management Institute, and holds an MBA. Her other activities include being a local leader of schools governance, and she is an experienced Chair of Governors. Pauline leads on fundraising for Emmaus Salford. She was appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2015.

Erin Portsmouth

Erin is a Chartered public relations practitioner who has worked in the communications industry for over 15 years. She started her career in private sector consultancy but for the past eight years she has worked in the National Health Service.  She is Head of Communications and Engagement for two NHS clinical commissioning groups in Lancashire, where she also has portfolio responsibility for customer care, complaints, patient experience, Freedom of Information, legal claims, organisational development, and equality and diversity. She has a masters degree in public relations, is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, 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 in 2017.

Julia Spencer

Appointed to the Board of Trustees in 2017, Julia started her career at ASDA as a retail manager before moving to the Education Sector where she developed a volunteering department that led a number of volunteering initiatives within the Salford community, most notably a mentoring project within local schools. She currently works as a Student Engagement Manager at the University of Salford where she oversees work to capture the student voice, using insight from this to make changes that impact on the student journey.

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