Trustees are the people who lead the charity and decide how it is run. Our Trustees use their skills and experience to support Emmaus Suffolk, helping us to achieve our aims.

Our Board of Trustees meet regularly throughout the year,  agreeing strategic direction, approving and reviewing policies and procedures, appointing executive staff and ensuring we are meeting our objectives as a charity.

Steve Cook –  Chair

Steve is the proprietor of Stephen Cook Consulting, which he established after stepping down as Chief Executive of The Havebury Housing Partnership in 2010. Steve has 50 years’ experience in social housing and homelessness services and until recently was Chair of Emmaus Cambridge; whilst also Chairing the Audit Risk & Governance Committee and the Financial Resilience Task Group for Emmaus UK.

Tibbs Pinter Deputy Chair 

Tibbs is the CEO for 4YP, a health charity supporting children and young adults with physical and mental health wellbeing.  Prior to this, he developed, implemented and supported effective council and partner consultation and community engagement, ensuring full involvement in the local democratic process via Area Committees for the Ipswich Borough council.

Clare Devlin – Treasurer 

Clare is a Chartered Accountant whose professional career has included financial and non–financial roles, from an accountant in practice to managing all aspects of a commercial business.  During her 17 years at Deloitte she managed audit and advisory services for a wide range of clients including those in the charity sector.

Sandra Bigley 

A lengthy teaching career has given Sandra the opportunity to inspire and encourage children of all ages, something that was acknowledged in 2015 when she was nominated for Suffolk’s ‘Raising the Bar, Excellence in Teaching Award’.   Sandra was a Foundation Governor at St. Margret’s CEVP in Ipswich for several years.

Roger Quince

Roger was the Chair of West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, an acute hospital located in Bury St Edmunds. He has various charitable roles and a non-exec role in SQW Group, a business he set up with a colleague over 30 years ago. SQW provides public policy consultancy in a range of fields to small businesses.

Alok Ruia

Alok has been a Director of Ruia Group, which supplies textile products into the UK, Europe and Worldwide, since 2005. He develops links into the corporate sector and oversees the Ethical Trade Policies for the whole of the Group.  For the vast majority of his life he has been registered blind which has presented many challenges. He has worked with The Greater London Association for Disabled People setting up self-help groups for ethnic minorities with disabilities

Julia Wakelam

Julia is a retired Solicitor who practised in Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich.  She is a former Borough Councillor, and Mayor of St Edmundsbury and former Chair of Gatehouse – Caring in East Anglia. Currently she a Trustee of the Bury St Edmunds Ecumenical Trust, which manages The St John’s Centre in Bury, and the Suffolk Academies Trust, a Governor of West Suffolk College.  a member of the Abbey of St Edmunds Heritage Trust, and Founding member of the Bury St Edmunds Literature Festival.

Harriet Cadman

Harriet began her career in Human Resources 20 years ago in London, first within the financial industry and then in Media, after gaining a degree in International Business and Business Law.  She then returned to her home town, Ipswich in 2010, specialising within the social care sector. Harriet now runs her own consultancy business, specialising in HR, recruitment solutions and strategic business advice.

Victoria Fennell 

Victoria brings a wealth of experience of delivering projects and programmes. Victoria works for the Suffolk and North East Essex ICS Central Team as a Strategic Project Manager.

Brian Chandler

Brian is a freelance consultant with over 40 years’ experience.  Brian’s enduring drive is to unpack the seemingly inexplicable behaviour of people, groups and organisations and explain it so that it can be replicated, if positive, or changed.  He is one of the few people who understands the dynamics of the NHS, and the special case of Mental Health.