Emmaus SLC’s 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.


Jon Pallas joined Emmaus SLC 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 West London with his wife and 2 teenage daughters.

Nathaniel Collins joined the Board in March 2020.

Steven Harmer is the European Risk Manager for LaSalle Investment Management. His career spans 25 years in insurance and risk management based roles, working for an Insurer, Broker and as a Consultant. He enjoys road and MTB cycling in his spare time and most Sundays is found standing on the touch line of a rugby pitch, being the fixtures secretary for the U15’s team at Warlingham Rugby Club. He joined the Board in May 2019.

Tess Le is the Director of Commercial Law at NEST Corporation. Her legal career spans 19 years working in a range of public, private and third sector organisations. In her spare time she enjoys running, cycling and yoga. She lives in South East London with her husband, daughter and dog. She joined the Board in September 2019.

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. He joined our Board in March 2018.

Siân Nicholson joined as a Trustee of Emmaus SLC in 2017. Siân is Partnerships and Philanthropy Manager for Myeloma UK, managing relationships with major donors, corporate partners 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 SLC 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.

Fiona Innes joined the Board in May 2019.

Jess Worner joined the Board in March 2021. Jess has a background in lived experience involvement, co-production and leadership, particularly within mental health and voluntary sector settings. She is currently Lived Experience Network Manager for the National Suicide Prevention Alliance, where she works with people who have personal lived experience related to suicide to influence suicide prevention strategy, policy and practice. Before that, she worked for a national mental health charity, Together for Mental Wellbeing for 8 years, in a several roles, including as Peer Support Practice Manager and Lived Experience Leadership Manager. She has worked closely with people who have experienced homelessness throughout her professional and voluntary roles, and feels strongly that an empowering community approach with solidarity at its core is vital. Jess is enjoys weight lifting, is a long standing Buffy fan, and lives in South West London.