Our trustees

Our board of trustees volunteer their time and skills to Emmaus UK to ensure we are meeting the objectives set out in our strategic plan.

Frank McMahon - Chair

Frank was appointed to the Board of Emmaus Village Carlton in 2006 and became Chair in 2009. He retired as a head teacher in 2005, after 25 years leading three different schools and having worked in four local authorities. He has a wide experience in serving on and chairing numerous advisory and professional committees and organisations. Frank was a freelance education consultant for five years, project-managing pupil integration and school cluster liaison initiatives. He was also a consultant for the National College for School Leadership and facilitated their professional development programmes for new and aspiring headteachers and middle managers.  

David Cooper - Vice Chair

David Cooper was elected to the UK Board of Trustees in December 2012.  After a career in the nuclear power industry, he first became involved with Emmaus in 2007, when he attended a meeting of the group working to establish Emmaus Hastings & Rother. He became a trustee of Emmaus Hastings & Rother in 2008 and has been Chair since 2009.

Sue Taylor - Vice Chair

Sue first became involved with Emmaus in 2014 when she took on an Interim Community Director role at Emmaus Coventry & Warwickshire. After a year in that role she stepped down, before joining the community's board in September 2015. Sue has spent her career working in housing and understands the challenges facing the sector. She joined the board of Emmaus UK in 2016.

Tony Ferrier - Trustee

A volunteer for Emmaus St Albans for almost a year before being appointed as Chief Executive in April 2011, Tony's previous business background enabled him to drive increased revenues to self-sufficiency in the first year. Since then his community has doubled companion numbers from 17 to 34; increased solidarity activity (St Albans have won the John Thompson award 2 years running) and opened 4 additional stores, (now 6). Prior to this Tony had a long career in manufacturing; having played a key role in the company’s growth from a £1 to £90 million turnover. As Director of Manufacturing for Hozelock he had responsibility for strategic development and the running of two ‘world class’ 24/7 production facilities. In his final year, Hozelock won the ‘Manufacturing Excellence’ award for ‘Business Development and Change Management’ which Tony received from Andrew Marr. Tony was also a key volunteer fund raiser for Greenpeace during the mid 80s; he and a small volunteer team started, grew and managed several regional fundraising and awareness groups. Within 3 years they were area coordinators for 6 counties also hosting a high profile fundraising week-long event in the Albert Hall. He is also a keen cyclist and completed two 680km charity bike rides for Macmillan Cancer through China and Central America.

Ruby Dickens - Trustee

Ruby joined the board of Emmaus UK in 2016. She first experienced an Emmaus community while volunteering at a community in France while at University. Ruby developed a love for the organisation and, after graduating from university, worked for Emmaus UK in the fundraising department for two years, leaving in 2015. Ruby currently works for Shelter and remains committed to supporting people who need it most.

John Clark - Trustee

John joined the board of Emmaus UK in 2017 and is also a trustee of Emmaus Greenwich. A retired solicitor, John is motivated by helping those less fortunate than himself. As well as carrying out his trustee role at Emmaus Greenwich, he also volunteers as a van driver one day per week.

Pauline Curl - Trustee 

Pauline joined the board in November 2017 and is Operations Manager at Emmaus Village Carlton. Pauline joined Village Carlton over 6 years ago, bringing a wealth of business experience from the commercial sector at senior and board level. Emmaus was her first charity business environment and within months she felt that she could offer her varied commercial knowledge but also her genuine interest in helping people achieve as much as they were happy to take on. During the last six years she has seen great change at Village Carlton with the expansion of retail space and Companion accommodation. But what stands out is the change in Companions from being perhaps worried, shy or lacking in confidence to men and women who are able to manage the daily tasks required in the workplace and gain personal growth within the community as a means to independent living. She hopes by having the commercial knowledge from external sources and the experience of being part of a day to day community, she will have much to offer the board.

Kelly Thompson - Trustee 

Kelly joined the board in November 2017 and is Director at Emmaus Hull & East Riding. Kelly's background includes a long spell in retail as a senior manager with a career move into welfare to work back in 2007 - 2009. She has worked in and amongst homelessness services within Hull.  During this time, she set up a training centre for those affected by homelessness and explored alternative solutions to addressing the lack of meaningful development for those within services. This is when Kelly became aware of Emmaus. She has experience and knowledge in securing commissioned homelessness services, and has been heavily involved at strategic levels of homelessness prevention initiatives in Hull with a track record of delivering high quality schemes. She is passionate about Restorative Practice and Principles and how these affect culture and organisation development. Ultimately, she cares, and although she didn’t start her career with homelessness in mind, she can certainly see the rest of her career being at the forefront of driving change and ensuring Emmaus both locally and nationally, gets the opportunities and recognition it deserves.

Geraldine Tsakirakis - Trustee

Geraldine joined the board in September 2017 and is Community Director at Emmaus Coventry & Warwickshire. She has been working as the Community Director at Emmaus Coventry & Warwickshire for nearly 2 years and spent the previous 4 years as Chair of the Board of Trustees. Geraldine has worked in the voluntary sector for the past 35 years and has operated at Management level for organisations working with the unemployed, homeless, refugees, people living in deprived areas and single parents. Before joining Emmaus as a paid employee, she had her own business as a consultant, providing business development support and help to secure funding. 

John Whittaker - Treasurer

John joined the board in March 2018 as an independent member of the board.  He was elected onto Emmaus Leicestershire and Rutland in 2012 and served as a treasurer for the last three years. He leaves Leicestershire in Summer 2018 as his work as a Vicar in the Church of England takes him to a new parish in Putney, London. John was delighted to be co-opted onto the Board of EmmausUK as treasurer at the same time as he needed to step down from his involvement in the Leicestershire community. His background as a Chartered Accountant together with a passion for issues of community, justice and inclusion from his Vicar role, make a good combination to serve EmmausUK as a trustee with a concern for the outcomes of the work and the shared responsibility to ensure appropriate financial sustainability and management of risks.  

Monica Wallace - Trustee

Monica joined the board in September 2017 as an independent member of the board. 

Keith Jeffrey - Trustee

Keith joined the board in September 2017 as an independent member of the board.

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