Hidden Heroes - Trustee category winner
Nigel has been involved with Emmaus Merseyside for around 10 years. He initially joined to provide advice and support to the trustees who, for several years, had been trying to find a suitable location for an Emmaus Community in Liverpool. He then became chair of the organisation when the previous longstanding chair stood down.
Emmaus Merseyside went from strength to strength following Nigel’s appointment. His project development and management experience, along with his fundraising skills and extensive local network, have been instrumental in the successful completion of a number of funding and development projects.
In June 2014 Nigel, along with other trustees and volunteers, opened and ran the Emmaus Superstore, collecting and delivering furniture and serving in the shop until the first staff were recruited. Nigel has continued to step into the breach when subsequent staff changes have taken place.
Tenacious but empathetic, pragmatic yet optimistic, Nigel has dedicated a vast amount of his time to shaping Emmaus Merseyside. In short, it is difficult to see how Emmaus Merseyside would exist without his enormous contribution. While challenges remain, the community is in a strong position to achieve its aim of becoming financially self-sufficient within the next few years – and this is largely attributable to Nigel’s commitment and hard work.”