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Patrick Doyle – Patron

Patrick DoylePatrick is now a Patron of Emmaus and retired Trustee.

My inspiration stems from the vision of Emmaus’s founder, Abbe Pierre, and the work at St Charles ‘Drop In’. After many years in public life, it is both good and humbling to help organise a ‘bottom up’ project from scratch with all its challenges and rewards.


Chris O’Donnell – Chair

Chris ODonnellI first became aware of the real difficulties faced by the homeless community on a Business in the Community visit in London. As a result, my company helped support a day centre for homeless young people at St. Martin-in-the-Fields. My wife Mia introduced me to Emmaus which does a remarkable job in converting homeless people into contributing members of Society – we became supporters of the need to provide an Emmaus community in Hull and are working hard to achieve this as soon as possible.

Richard Wood

I am retiring as a Chartered Accountant on 30/06/2017 after more than 47 years’ service with two local firms. I should like to devote part of my time to Emmaus Hull, having been involved in the Charity over the last 18 months or so. I share the values of the Charity particularly with regard to cherishing independence but supporting and fostering interdependence. I feel that I can make that statement from my own experiences. It is wonderful that people who have become homeless for whatever reason, have an opportunity to regain their lost esteem and having spoken to various companions, it is heart-warming how they tell me that they owe everything to Emmaus and in turn they want to help the Charity improve itself by looking at ways it can become more efficient in its operations. Generally speaking it is extremely sad and worrying that esteem is disappearing from the modern society. It is also embarrassing for the country that people are queuing at food banks to get food for their families to survive. We need a fairer society and I call upon politicians to re think their policies in modern times. I am honoured to be asked to become a trustee of Emmaus Hull and to make a contribution to those in need, whether this is brought about by being under-privileged, as a victim of social injustice or otherwise.


Hannah Thoresby

It’s unacceptable that anyone should ever be without a roof over their heads. Emmaus is an incredible organisation, campaigning on many levels to tackle this issue, and providing much needed, positive support for those in need. I’m very pleased to be part of it and to contribute to its cause. As one of the founding H’s at H&H – an internal communications and employee engagement agency – I’m fascinated by the way people communicate and interact and how it can positively impact lives. Having come from a marketing and brand background, my experience spans many areas of organisational communications. And I can’t wait to use that experience for the benefit of Emmaus.

Tom Watkins

I have been a Trustee since 2018 and am delighted to play a small role in supporting the fantastic team at Emmaus in their essential work. By way of background, I am a solicitor specialising in employment law and have spent the bulk of my career practising in Yorkshire.

Kirsty Tock

With over 27 years in the emergency services I have worked closely with vulnerable members of the community including people living on the streets.  As human beings we all need to have security of a roof over heads, warm clothing, something to eat and a purpose in life. The work of Emmaus in helping support people with the basic needs in life and giving real and genuine hope for the future is close to my heart. I am so honoured to me a trustee to be able to work with enthusiastic and committed staff and companions.  

John Clarke

I am married with 3 daughters, 2 of which attend St Nicholas  Primary School. I am a Law graduate and currently serve as a Pastor of a local Church. Aside from my pastoral work I spend my time doing chaplaincy work at Hymers College, serving on various other committees and regularly speaking at other schools, universities and conferences


Erica Daley – Deputy Chair

I’ve had a long career in health and care services. I started off as a nurse working in learning disability services. I then progressed throughout different aspects of health and social care including work in Mental Health and Acute Hospital Services. I’ve worked in both operational and commissioning roles and always had an interest in working with vulnerable people; looking to improve outcomes and address health inequalities. That has always been a particular interest to me and even more so now that the recent pandemic has highlighted the need to bring more focus to support people who are already disadvantaged.

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Mark Brooks

Since becoming a trustee at Emmaus I have been both impressed and moved by the work undertaken by our staff and volunteers to support people using our services.   The charity provides essential services and makes a real difference. I feel privileged to be able to support the team and charity in whatever way I can.  I am a qualified accountant by background and have spent my career in both industry and more latterly as a finance director in the NHS.


Chris Straker

I was a teacher in Hull for thirty three years, the last six being as a headteacher.  Since 2012 I have been a consultant and trainer in education, social care, residential homes, approved premises and prisons in the UK and internationally.  I was interested in the role of trustee with Emmaus because of the important role they have in working with homeless people to enable them to become independent, confident individuals and community members. I am honoured to be a trustee and look forward to working with, and learning from the staff and companions.