Paul Hackwood - Executive Chair

Paul has been a trustee of CUF since 2005 and took on the role of Executive chair in 2013. He was before that Archdeacon of Loughborough and a Canon Residentiary of Leicester cathedral. He has extensive practical experience of social justice issues from a faith perspective having worked previously as Social Responsibility Adviser to the Bishop of St Albans and as Vicar of Thornbury in Bradford. During his time in Thornbury he established the Thornbury Centre, a Church-based multicultural community centre and social enterprise, and the Peaceworks initiative, working to bring people of different faiths together to develop mutual understanding.  As an Independent Member of West Yorkshire Police Authority and a Non Executive of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland PCT he has extensive experience of community relations and engagement, financial management, and human resource management as well as strategic skills.



Emma Snow – Deputy Chief Executive

Emma joined CUF in 2016 after working in the charity sector for a variety of local and national charities. She was before that Chief Operating Officer at Oasis UK, and has also worked for the Refugee Council, Terrence Higgins Trust, Shelter, and an East London hospice. She is a qualified chartered accountant and originally trained at City charity specialist firm Buzzacott, where she led the audits of charities including CAFOD and the Society of Jesus UK (Jesuits). In 2014, Emma was named as a London Leader by the London Sustainable Development Commission for her work founding a user-led digital community for people facing life-limiting conditions. She is a trustee of human rights charity Anti-Slavery International and youth charity HDYO. As well as operational management and governance, Emma has experience in strategy, co-production, service design and delivery, and working with commissioners.



Esther Brown – Executive Assistant

With extensive experience in the voluntary sector, Esther enjoys the challenges in supporting the Executive Team/Trustees, managing the office and Human Resources.  A practising Catholic, she relishes working in a faith-based organisation. Married with children and grandchildren she likes to travel. She has a BA (Hons) in Education and Community Development.