Claire Staddon – CEO Emmaus Suffolk

Claire has over 15 years of experience in service delivery within the voluntary sector, together with business experience in the private sector. An entrepreneur, specialising in start-ups, social enterprise and the third sector, Claire is also a trained coach and facilitator and has used Neuro-linguistic programming techniques alongside her business and project delivery experience to drive success.

Gill Dibben – Area Retail Manager 

Prior to joining Emmaus, Gill worked for Mind, the leading Mental health charity for England and Wales for fourteen years.  She was branch manager at the Ipswich shop for ten years and from 2011, she was the flagship store manager in Stoke Newington, north London, making it the most profitable and highest turnover shop out of over 150 branches in the country, breaking records for highest trading week and highest trading day ever, a record still held today.

Emma Francis – Community Leader

Emma has worked in the supported housing sector for over ten years, providing support to vulnerable young people in areas such as housing, benefits/money matters, physical and mental health, training/ education and community work. Emma has also worked for the Ipswich Housing Action Group, as an adviser in their community resource centre for vulnerable marginalised adults. Both of these roles has involved partnership working, advocacy, signposting and helping individuals build their self esteem and empower themselves to move forward with confidence and life skills.  Emma continues to also work for Terrence Higgins Trust as sessional worker, promoting sexual health awareness in the community of Ipswich and surrounding areas.

Mandy Muh – Administrator 

Mandy first volunteered with us before becoming a staff member in May 2016.  For many years Mandy worked at Ipswich County Court as an Administrative Officer during which time she was responsible for many duties including customer service and court clerking. She left the court service to return to full time education at University of Suffolk and graduated in 2016 with a first class honours degree in English.

Sean Trueman – Support Worker

Sean started with Emmaus Suffolk as a volunteer in 2019 and quickly joined the staff team as a full-time Support Worker in 2020. He has personal experience of homelessness and has been in recovery from heroin addiction for over three years. He sponsors people through the Twelve-steps programme in his spare time and is passionate about helping others and passing on what was so freely given to him. He has managed to turn that lived experience into his greatest asset.

Sean believes everyone deserves a chance to turn their life around. He loves music is currently learning to play the guitar something he has dreamed of doing since he was a child.

Christine Cooper – Workshop Co-ordinator

Lauren Duncombe – Retail Assistant

Simon Osborne – Retail Assistant

Joanne Starns – Retail Assistant

Keith Rowley-Evans – Finance Officer