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.

Malcolm GrahamMalcolm Graham 
is a qualified accountant who lives and works in Gateshead.  He qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 1973 during which time he had spent several years as an auditor working for Ernst & Young.  On qualifying as a Certified Accountant he left the profession to work in industry, where he spent several years working for large organisations including the Go-Ahead group and Northern Rock, before returning to the profession as a sole practitioner.

The Emmaus concept has a strong appeal for Malcolm, whose goal is to put something back into the North East area which has served him so well.

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.

Liz HardyLiz Hardy joined the board of trustees in December 2016 after being introduced to Emmaus North East by Sue Wilson.

A graduate of Newcastle University Business School, Liz set up her own business as a copywriter and content designer in 2010, and has been involved in the Newcastle technology start-up scene for a number of years. She was formerly Secretary of the Newcastle University Business School Alumni Association, and is "Social Secretary" for her badminton club. 

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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