Our Patron

Patrick Doyle is a patron of our charity.

Patrick Doyle with Royal Patron Duchess of Cornwal

The former leader of Hull City Council had sat on the board from the beginning  and has stepped down from his position as a trustee to become a patron of the charity.

Patrick was influential in helping establish the Emmaus charity in the area after seeing the need for such an initiative within the city.

Patrick Doyle said: “Having been with the project since day one and still working with the homeless and the rough sleepers team I’m delighted to have the honour of being a patron of Emmaus Hull & East Riding and to formalise my involvement with this outstanding charity.

“After many years in public life I’m delighted that I’ll be able to continue offering my services in a way that can make a real difference.

“The charity is very close to my heart and I’m sure that it will go from strength to strength in the years to come.”

Director at Emmaus Hull and East Riding, Kelly Finnis said: “Patrick has helped lead Emmaus and played a pivotal role in shaping the successful project that it is today.

“The experience and contacts he gained having spent so long in public office has been a real benefit to the charity as a whole and we’re pleased that we’ll still have access to his vast expertise he continues to support us as a patron.

“I’d like to place on record my sincere thanks for all that Patrick has done over the past few years and I’m sure he will prove his immense value to Emmaus Hull and East Riding in the coming years.”

We are proud to have Alan Johnson as another of our Charity Patrons, who has always supported our work and continues to help Emmaus Hull & East Riding.


Emmaus is a perfect example of joined up thinking.  It’s focus is not only on providing shelter for the homeless but also help and support to turn that person’s life around and address the issues that made them homeless. The opening of the Emmaus project is an integrated part of Hull’s exciting future. The investment by Siemens and others will lead to more jobs but Emmaus and other projects will ensure that help is at hand for the needy and disadvantaged.”