Our trustees

Our trustees are all local people with a broad range of business skills and backgrounds, who devote much of their free time to help establish the first Emmaus community in the North East.  

John Machin

John Machin (Chair) recently retired from his international career in the Chemical Industry, having worked and lived in many countries over nearly 40 years. He relocated back to the UK when he retired in 2015, but still holds non-executive director positions abroad. He's now based in Middleton Tyas, North Yorkshire.

John first got involved with Emmaus North East due to the "different and unique approach" taken by the charity, and the extensive scope of the South Tyneside project. With extensive experience in industry, he was keen to bring his knowledge to the third sector, and contribute to this exciting cause.

Peter Churchill was born and brought up in the North East, and returned to

Trusteework here after university.  He is an architect who has worked for 30 years across many sectors including public and private sector residential, healthcare, retail, and commercial.  As well as project design and delivery he has an interest in quality management and business development.

His other current activities include part-time university teaching and examining, and hosting international post-graduate students.  His interest in Emmaus began some six years ago through Don Pinchbeck, with whom he worked as part of a locally active branch of the Royal Society of Arts.  The Emmaus live-work concept immediately appealed to him, so when new trustees were being sought to help with setting up a new regional community he was keen to become involved.

Don Pinchbeck - TrusteeDon Pinchbeck was originally an electronics engineer who rose through sales, marketing, training, and human resource roles, before moving into general management. He worked internationally as functional director, CEO and Chair of several multinationals before conducting a series of company turnarounds in the public, private and third sectors. He served 15 years as a youth club leader, and several years as Chair of a Hospice.  

Don is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Member of the Institute of Directors.  He has recently completed a term as a member of the Emmaus UK Federation Committee.

Paul Evans - TrusteePaul Evans is a retired Northumbria Police Inspector, who spent much of his career working in various parts of Gateshead.  

Whilst head of a community-based policing team, he built and maintained productive working partnerships with the local Council and other voluntary organisations.  As an executive member of the Police Federation, he was also involved in strategic decision making at a local, regional and national level, whilst holding specific responsibility for governance, negotiating and communications.

Paul now runs a successful small business which specialises in community-based one-day music events.

Julian Wenman has a long background within healthcare with a particular interest to help transform people affected by mental health problems, addiction and dependency . He currently works in a managerial role at a large teaching hospital in the North East. Julian has an interest in the sustainability of charities, both from a social enterprise and financial perspective. He hopes his experience can bring a new dimension and perspective to Emmaus North East.

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