Meet the team

Meet the staff at Emmaus Coventry & Warwickshire...


Geraldine Tsakirakis
Community Director




Johnny Szyndler
Support Manager




Ian for web

Ian Mutch
Enterprise Manager




Penny for web

Penny Ivers
Finance Officer








Meet the trustees at Emmaus Coventry & Warwickshire...

AndrewDoug Badger - Chair

I lectured in social work at Reading University for 25 years and have a particular interest in therapeutic communities for adults.



Andrew trusteeAndrew Stockdale

I am a retired hospital consultant and previous trustee of our local hospice with a particular interest in governance. I have been a trustee since 2017 and chair the social enterprise committee.


Sue Taylor

I am a former Chief Executive working in social housing for almost 30 years, I have determination and am positive and enthusiastic and want to use my skills to help those wanting to get back on track in life.

Tim trustee

Tim Brooke

I have worked in three Emmaus communities and in an alcohol rehabilitation centre, all in France. I was a professional social worker in two inner London boroughs and have also been on the staff of a residential community in London. I am on the board of three other local charities and a national grant-making trust.



Dhiran Vagdia

I run a small architectural practice, which means I can contribute to the business affairs to do with running the organisation, and help with all property related matters.



StuartStuart Sullivan

I am currently CEO of a family support charity in Leicestershire and have a background in supported housing and homelessness, working at a senior level for the past 12 years. I have qualifications in Housing, Law, Counselling and Mediation. I have 3 children and coach 2 junior football teams in Coventry as well as being Welfare Officer for the club.


Simon Grainge

I’ve been involved with Emmaus since 2001 in a variety of roles at local, national and international levels. I am currently Chief Executive of Emmaus UK, the national organisation. 


Dr Alessandro Merendino 

I am a researcher in the area of Corporate Governance at Coventry University. I am a qualified chartered accountant and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). I also enjoy volunteering for other charities in Coventry and Warwickshire.


IFIan Frost

I have worked in various parts of the country during a legal career in the public service in which I served on multi agency groups in the fields of mental health and people trafficking which continue to be areas of particular interest to me.  

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