We currently have nine trustees working to take forward the plans laid out in our Strategic Plan 2016-2020.
Matthew Last (Chair)
Matthew Last has been a trustee since 2012. He is director of a local management consultancy and leadership development company and has a business development background. As a trustee he focuses on the business and social enterprise aspects of Emmaus Cambridge, including renewable energy, new business initiatives and, being a keen beekeeper himself, establishing hives in Landbeach.
Stephen comes to Emmaus Cambridge from a financial background as a Chartered Accountant with many years' experience and is working to build on the community's financial and governance foundations. Emmaus Cambridge is the first charity he has been involved with and he is enjoys being involved with a charity he feels inspired by. His personal interests include the theatre, cinema, fishing and golf.
Andrew is a former GP with a wide range of clinical interests. He also has experience of volunteering with Voluntary Service Overseas, living and working for a year in southern Ethiopia.
John was co-opted to the board in March 2016 and appreciates working alongside trustees and being involved in the life of Emmaus Cambridge.
John has a background in the technology sector, having founded a number of companies one of which deals exclusively in the charity sector. His main area of expertise is in sales and marketing, Emmaus is the first charity he has been involved with. Using his knowledge and understanding as to how technology is transforming marketing and communications, he hopes to bring this amazing brand and cause to more of the general public's attention.
Amanda has a background in media and commercial design and marketing. She has worked as an art director in various capacities and loves teaching throughout her career. She is inspired by both the principles of Emmaus and the companions at the community. She enjoys adding her skills and energy to the Emmaus day.
Judith joined our board of trustees in 2018 and also represents the local area as a district councillor. She has previously worked as a secondary English teacher and lives locally with her husband and three children. In her spare time, Judith enjoys travel, art galleries and running. She is inspired by Emmaus' work and how the charity helps companions to get their lives back on track with a sense of purpose and fulfilment.
After working as a debt adviser, over 16 years, with Citizens Advice, Cheshire West and Chester Council, Wythenshaw Community Housing Trust and The Debt Counsellors Charitable Trust. Jan saw at first hand the vulnerability of people to homelessness. Jan is delighted to be part of the Emmaus Community, which gives so much to help people in need. My goal as a trustee is to play my part in contributing to the success of Emmaus Cambridge.
Will is a junior accountant for a local accountancy firm. Having worked with a number of charities in a professional capacity, he is keen to bring these skills to his role as a Trustee and help to ensure Emmaus Cambridge maintains its success and financial sustainability so it can continue to provide a community in which everyone is welcome, treated equally and with dignity. In his spare time will enjoys travelling and sports.
Louisa is an experienced forensic accountant and accounting tutor. She trained with a French company and worked on investigations as far afield as Italy and Uganda. She now lives in Cambridge with her young family, where she has acted as a trustee and financial director for two local nurseries. Louisa was inspired to join Emmaus after witnessing the problems of the homelessness endemic both in the USA as well as closer to home.