Our trustees

Emmaus Hertfordshire has a board of trustees supporting our community.

All of our Trustees have a diverse set of skills and backgrounds, including a chartered accountant, chartered surveyor, former government cabinet adviser, retired community nurse, and others with financial, support, business and marketing backgrounds.

The purpose of the board is to provide sound governance to the organisation. This includes agreeing strategic direction, approving and reviewing policies and procedures, appointing executive staff and ensuring compliance with the objectives, purposes and values of the organisation, and with its governing document. The Emmaus Hertfordshire board of trustees has adopted the NCVO Code of Good Governance.  The board meets bi-monthly, for discussion, feedback and socialising.   

Emmaus Hertfordshire regularly conducts a board skills analysis and has a structured and transparent method for recruiting additional experienced, qualified and committed people to join and strengthen the board and project groups. 

Active Patrons : Lord Charles Cecil
                   Lady Virginia Cecil

Co-Chairs: Rosie Fraser and Heather Hurford
Secretary: Ivan Marshall 
Treasurer: Keith Tolladay

Current Trustees:  Richard Exact, Chris Newton-Smith, and Jon Landau

Richard Exact

Richard joined the Emmaus Hertfordshire board in 2017.  He is a qualified accountant, working for a leading online retailer.    His observations of homelessness whilst working in London in the 1980s & 90s led to him supporting a number of charities and he was delighted to take the opportunity to further this commitment with Emmaus.  

Rosie Fraser

 Rosie joined the Emmaus Hertfordshire Board in 2013 and became Co-chair in March this year.  She has a background in property consultancy and charity governance and fundraising.   Rosie is also a Trustee of the Heritage of London Trust Operations, which aims to support the repair and re-use of derelict heritage buildings in London.  She enjoys hill walking and swimming

Heather Hurford

Heather joined the Emmaus Hertfordshire Board in June 2017 and became Co-Chair in March 2018. She has a background in psychology, mental health social work and mental health law. She is currently an associate inspector with Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, Fire and Rescue Services. She enjoys singing, hill walking, gardening and learning Italian.

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