Denise King - General Manager
Before starting as General Manager at Emmaus Colchester, Denise had a varied career trajectory, largely at Barclay's bank. After 20 years with the bank, Denise accepted voluntary redundancy and took some time out to figure out how she could help people close to home. Before she knew it, Denise had set up a charity in Northants and opened a thriving community centre. Her most recent job before becoming Emmaus Colchester's General Manager was a commissioner for Suffolk County Council.
Gintare Petrauskaite - Community Manager
Gia came to Colchester 5 years ago to study at Essex University. After getting her degree, she did an internship with a local charity which helps people to get back into employment. Gia has always been involved with volunteering and working with people. She spent 7 years as a volunteer with Food Bank Lithuania, was a member of the University of Essex V-Team and worked with Red Cross. The first time Gia heard about Emmaus, was after visiting one of the high street shops while she was still at university. Gia joined Emmaus in 2015, attracted by the opportunity to work with people and she enjoys helping them to overcome the obstacles they are facing, while using person-centered approach.
Flo Baines - Admin Assistant
Before starting at Emmaus, Flo worked for the University of Essex’s Student Union in their lettings department. Flo had been aware of Emmaus before applying, as she loved popping into our charity shops. She loves the fact that Emmaus provides people with the tools to really reboot their lives and instils a sense of confidence within the companions, who often arrive with low self-esteem.