Meet the Trustees
Emmaus Lambeth trustees have overall responsibility for the work that we do. They make sure we fulfill our legal requirements, that we have a clear set of goals and are doing what we were set up to do. Our trustees come from all walks of life, sharing their skills and knowledge in a voluntary capacity.
Claire Burton is Head of Corporate Responsibility at Deloitte. Claire leads the firm’s community and volunteering initiatives including their Skills and Education programmes with Teach First, their charitable relationships and their support to social enterprise through the Deloitte Social Innovation Pioneers programme. Claire loves cooking and is a keen runner.
Ian Duffy is BP’s head of UK communications and community development. He has been managing BP's education programmes in the UK since 2004 and leads BP's engagement with social enterprises across the UK. He joined BP's refining business in 1999 with a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge, working in a range of roles from operations to project management. He is a chartered chemical engineer and chartered scientist, a governor of a federation of South London schools and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Graham Beattie first heard of Emmaus in 2009 when seeking volunteering opportunities, first visited Emmaus Lambeth in 2012 and has been an enthusiastic advocate of the work of Emmaus Communities everywhere ever since. After organising a number of work volunteering days and leafleting in the local area, he was honoured to be asked to be a trustee and have more involvement in Emmaus Lambeth's work of helping Companions get their lives back on track. "Everyone can help," he says, "whether by donating goods, buying goods, volunteering a little or a lot, donating money, spreading the word...everyone can be part of this." He has worked in various accounting roles all his working life and is currently based in London.
Catherine Zahra first volunteered at Emmaus Lambeth as Clerk to the board before becoming a Trustee 4 years ago. Catherine chairs the Welfare Sub Committee. She was initially attracted to getting involved with Emmaus because it is a charity where the positive results of its work can be seen immediately through the impact it has on the lives of the Companions who live and work here. Catherine currently works for London Business School as Associate Director of Operations for Advancement. She is a keen cyclist and races at an intermediate level for her cycling club Dulwich Paragon.
Jon Pallas joined Emmaus Lambeth in 2009 as a volunteer fundraiser, and became Chair of Trustees in May 2010. He is a passionate supporter of the Emmaus principles which combine a secure home environment with meaningful and worthwhile work. Outside of Emmaus, Jon is an HR professional and has worked in senior roles across UK, Europe and the USA. He is currently HR Director for Coveris, a leading packaging firm based in the UK employing over 2,500 people in 15 manufacturing sites. He lives in W London with his wife and 2 teenage daughters.
Saffron Clackson joined as a trustee at the start of 2017, after many years of interest in Emmaus' model. She is a civil servant in the Ministry of Justice, working on prisons policy. Separate to her day job, she volunteered in Brixton prison as an independent monitor of conditions for over 8 years. She was previously Head of Operations at a Social Enterprise in East London, focused on providing affordable housing and encouraging volunteering through an innovative model. Saffron enjoys cycling, camping, dancing and practicing Buddhism.
Siân Nicholson joined as a Trustee of Emmaus Lambeth in 2017. Siân is Head of Fundraising and Philanthropy for The Mix, a digital support charity for under 25s, managing relationships with major donors and trusts. Previously Siân worked at Spires, a day centre in Streatham who work closely with Emmaus, where she developed her passion for supporting homeless people. Siân enjoys running, good food and long walks.
Protima Sikdar-Wood joined as Trustee of Emmaus Lambeth in 2017. She is a commercial property solicitor and also the Head of the Not for Profit Sector at Morrisons Solicitors LLP.
Having spent time volunteering and getting to know the companions, Protima became passionate about the work that Emmaus does in trying to assist companions get out of a catch22 situation by giving them a home and a place to work to help them get back on the ladder. In her spare time, Protima likes to bake and take long walks in the countryside.