Emma is the chair, owner and founder of A4e. (Founded 1991).
A4e employs 4,000 staff across 250 centres worldwide. The organisation works on the front line of public services, developing and delivering social change on behalf of governments. A4e is the principal supplier and prime contractor to governments of services such as the Flexible New Deal, Legal Aid Helpline, Social care, Education for Offenders, Business Enterprise and youth vocational centres.
An engineering graduate, Emma is recognised as one of the UK's leading entrepreneurs. She's won many awards including Nat West Everywoman, Veuve Clicquot Woman of the Year Finalist, Judge – Entrepreneur of the Year, Top Women Entrepreneur – Management Today, Top 100 Entrepreneurs – Management Today, Inner-City UK Woman Entrepreneur of the Year, National Finalist Entrepreneur of the Year – Ernst and Young, Fast Track 100 Motivation Award.
Emma leads and has been involved in other organisations on a voluntary basis and until recently was a non exec director of the Institute of Directors (IOD).
Emma has a role in the Bank of England regional consultations on behalf of the Monetary Policy Committee and is a Trustee of the Fellowship Council of the RSA and also The Eden Trust, a Freeman of the Cutlers Company, Honorary Member of the NSPCC Council and Companion of the Chartered Management Institute.
Emma also established and funds the Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI). Her charity supports small charities, offering free training and guidance to hundreds of charities around the world.
Emma received Honorary Doctorates from the University of Derby, Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Bradford and was awarded a CBE in the 2010 New Year's Honours for services to the unemployed and voluntary sector.
You can visit the A4e website at mya4e.com/ (opens in a new window)