To mark Trustee Week 2021 we’ve spoken to one of our valued trustees, Julia Wakelam, about why she works with us here at Emmaus Suffolk, and what she enjoys most about her role.

Julia, why did you want to be an Emmaus Suffolk trustee?

I have been involved in projects working with homeless people for over 40 years.  I know Emmaus is a successful model for addressing the needs of hard to help homeless people.  I was hoping we can eventually have a project in Bury St Edmunds.

What is your background and what has your career path been?

I was a lawyer and business owner.  I was a Trustee of Gatehouse Caring in West Suffolk for 18 years and Chair for nine years so I have wide experience of the charitable sector. I am a Governor of West Suffolk College, Trustee of Suffolk Academies Trust, Trustee of Bury St Edmunds Ecumenical Trust & a District Councillor

What do you enjoy most about being a trustee at Emmaus Suffolk?

I enjoy knowing our work is constructive.

Where would you like to see Emmaus Suffolk in five years’ time?

I’d like to see Emmaus Suffolk opening a project or hub in the west of the county

Can you sum up what Emmaus Suffolk means to you in one sentence?

Probably not!

Four Quick-Fire Questions:

What food can you not resist?

Anything with almonds as a major ingredient.

What is your favourite film?

I don’t really have one, it depends on my mood.  I very much like Casablanca & anything directed by Almodovar. I adored The Pearl Button but I also enjoyed watching Paddington1 & 2

What do you feel most grateful for?

My children and grandchildren.

What is your biggest achievement?

That is yet to come.