Please tell us a bit about yourself

Being a bit of a country girl, my main interest is exploring with my dog, usually followed by a dog friendly pub lunch! (He’s a huge fan of a nice juicy steak and decent ale)! I’m also a keen photographer, running my own small business, so can usually be found not too far from a camera.

Please tell us a bit about your role at Tall Ships

I’m responsible for Individual Giving in the Fundraising Team. That basically means that I am the main point of contact for anyone who wants to donate to us or fundraise for us. A big part of my role is about looking after our supporters but I’m also tasked with developing new and creative ways for people to get involved with the charity. My days are really varied and can see me doing anything from graphic design work through to being knee deep in spreadsheets!

What has been your most memorable moment at Tall Ships?

That’s an easy one! We had a letter from a parent of one of the young people who sailed with us. It detailed what an awful start her son had in life and how much our charity had helped him. I wasn’t emotionally prepared for what I was about to read. It had me in tears but was a great motivator to do my job as best as I possibly can!

What is one thing you think people should know about Tall Ships?

We provide experiences; it’s that simple in my eyes. Whether it is an experience that gives a teenager the confidence to come out of their comfort zone and excel at school or an experience that helps a young disabled person be valued for what they can do, rather than what they can’t. These are life changing experiences that give young people what they need to reach their full potential. For me, those moments are what it is all about.

Please describe your job in 3 words

Work in progress! My job will never be finished and there is always something more that can be done to help the young people we work with and the supporters who make that work possible.

If you were famous, what would you be famous for?

How do you know I’m not already famous? We don’t actually know that Emma is my real name…I mean, it is my name really and I’m not famous…yet! I’m still hoping to snap one of those ‘right place, right time’ photos that goes down in history. Something like Eisenstaedt’s photo of the sailor kissing a complete stranger on V-J Day; it went on to become the image that represents the excitement and joy of the war ending.