Our patrons and trustees
We are lucky to have some wonderful patrons who give their time to support the work of Emmaus UK.
Terry Waite became president of Emmaus UK shortly after his release from captivity in Lebanon in 1992. He had spent 1763 days in captivity, the first four years of which were spent in solitary confinement. Terry’s experience in captivity gave him a great insight into the misery, isolation, fear, boredom and despair that many homeless people go through. His empathy with those who have experienced homelessness and social exclusion makes him a much loved president.
The Duchess of Cornwall became royal patron of Emmaus in 2006. Since then she has visited a number of Emmaus communities across the UK, getting to know companions and staff. In 2009 she opened Emmaus Oxford and travelled to Paris in 2012 with three Emmaus companions, to visit one of the oldest Emmaus communities and learn more about the history of the Emmaus movement.
Selwyn Image is the man responsible for bringing Emmaus to the UK, after a chance encounter at a soup kitchen in Cambridge inspired him to seek out the charity he had encountered in France as a student. Since setting up the first UK Emmaus community in Cambridge in 1992, Selwyn has worked tirelessly to support the expansion of the movement to one with national reach.
Our trustees are all local people with a broad range of skills and backgrounds.
Hugh Crisp, chair of trustees, is associate fellow at Said Business School, where he leads the international advisory board for executive education. He is also a member of the governing body of Oxford University Press and a non-executive adviser to the global executive board of Knight Frank. A lawyer for more than 30 years, he is a former partner and chief executive of international law firm, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where he pioneered a corporate charitable programme. He also served on the board of the Financial Times, and acted as a consultant to the Clinton Foundation HIV/Aids Initiative from 2007–2010. As well as being chair of trustees at Emmaus Oxford, Hugh chairs the new build committee and has been instrumental in realising the new store in Barns Road, Cowley.
Mark Hallam has more than 30 years’ experience in the marketing and media research Industry, mostly with The Nielsen Company. He’s held various senior international leadership positions in marketing, sales, client service, new business development and general management. He has a wealth of expertise in commercial strategy, contract negotiations, client relationship development, team building, individual coaching and mentoring. He is currently working as an independent management consultant, advising a number of organisations. Alongside his trustee responsibilities, Mark is a member of the Emmaus Oxford social enterprise committee. In addition, he has recently become a Trustee of OXSRAD, an Oxford based charity providing integrated sports and recreation facilities for all abilities.
Andrew Morgan Giles, trustee and treasurer at Emmaus Oxford, retired as COO of executive education at Oxford University in 2011. Prior to that he had extensive experience in the private sector as the chief executive of various SMEs, mostly in the construction industry. He also held functional responsibility for operations, finance, sales and marketing at earlier stages of his career. Andrew is a chartered engineer and qualified project manager, and has an MBA from Oxford University. He is chair of the social enterprise committee in addition to his role as treasurer.
Bebe Speed has been a trustee since 2009 when Emmaus Oxford began taking companions. She also chairs the companion welfare committee and offers support to staff drawing on her knowledge and experience as an individual, couple and family psychotherapist in psychiatric and other contexts. In addition, Bebe offers consultation to Emmaus staff as required drawing on her management and organisational skills. She worked for the Family Institute in Cardiff, funded by Barnardo's for many years and most recently was a consultant family therapist at the Warneford Hospital in Oxford. She currently has a small private practice and consults to colleagues. As well as her work for Emmaus, Bebe helps raise funds for Rosehill Junior Youth Clubs.
Nick Rose is the latest trustee to join our board and Nick has taken on the role of Chair of our Companion Welfare Committee, that sees Companions, staff, trustees and co-opted members meet up and discuss companion issues and community life.
Nick has worked as a Consultant Psychiatrist with the Oxford Mental Health Trust, a Hon. Sen. Lecturer in Psychiatry at the University of Oxford, a Family therapy tutor & trainer, a College Adviser and as a Education Consultant involved in setting up and implementing post-disaster mental health services, mainly on behalf of UNHCR.
Nick told us about his journey to Emmaus and his outlook as a trustee...
“I spent most of my working life as a Psychiatrist and Family Therapist in Oxford before leaving the NHS to work for International Medical Aid Organisations providing mental health services to people affected by mass disaster such as Earthquakes and Typhoons”
“The reason I love Emmaus Oxford (I’ve been part of the Companion Welfare Committee for nearly five years) is that it does what it says on the tin. Supporting people from all backgrounds and cultures in getting back their confidence and independence. And it does this in a very chilled out non-Institutional way. When I come in, it always feels like a home, and I think that’s great”.
“As a new trustee, I want to do everything I could to protect that, including getting the balance right between the need for Emmaus to run as a profitable business, and the need to provide a supportive helpful place for people to be."