HOMELESSNESS charity Emmaus Hertfordshire has announced the appointment of Duncan Lewis as its new Chief Executive.
Duncan brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience. After starting his career in travel, financial services and commercial property, he moved into the not-for-profit sector, working for organisations including Commonwealth Games England, Age UK and the Lord’s Taverners.
Emmaus Hertfordshire is a St Albans based charity that offers a stable home for up to 39 formerly homeless people. As well as a home for as long as it is needed, Emmaus Hertfordshire provides training, support and meaningful work opportunities in its social enterprises. These include charity shops in St Albans, Tring and Hemel Hempstead and a successful house clearance service. Everyone supported at Emmaus Hertfordshire volunteers in the social enterprises, and all of the money generated from these social enterprises funds the work of the charity.
Duncan will be overseeing the current operations while also looking to increase the support the charity provides to those who are homeless or have experienced homelessness. This includes expanding the current social enterprise businesses by opening new shops, increasing online sales, and looking at ways the charity can work more closely with other local organisations. Emmaus Hertfordshire has recently announced plans to redevelop part of its main site in St Albans to increase workshop and training spaces and create a permanent home for St Albans and District Foodbank.
Talking about his appointment to the team at Emmaus Hertfordshire, Duncan said:
“I’m really excited to be joining Emmaus Hertfordshire and do so at an important time for the charity. The last 18 months have been incredibly difficult for the charity sector, but the team here have done a great job of steadying the ship. We are now ready to move forward and expand the services we offer to those who have experienced homelessness here in Hertfordshire while also increasing our support to the wider community.”
To find out more or support Emmaus Hertfordshire, please visit: www.emmaus.org.uk/hertfordshire.