Dr Emma Egging OBE


I founded the Jon Egging Trust in 2012 to fulfil the ambition of my late husband Flt Lt Jon Egging to help young people who are facing adversity, be the best they can be. The charity’s vision is that all young people should have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

As CEO I am proud to lead a team of 25 dedicated and talented staff and over 200 inspirational volunteers. I am extremely grateful to our military partners as well as business and industry in the areas where we operate for the time and resources they give in support of our young people.

A catalyst for change, as an organisation we work tirelessly to improve the life-chances of young people  by providing them with training in teamwork, leadership and employability skills. My ambition is to reach out to as many young people in need of help across the country as possible.

In my role as CEO I am committed to developing our work with young people who are underachieving at school and at risk of becoming NEET (not in employment, education or training). I lead on the vision and continuous development of JET and have primary responsibility for establishing new partnerships with major stakeholders and donors.

I have a PhD in Museology from the University of Manchester and prior to the Jon Egging Trust I worked at The British Museum for five years as part of the Community Partnerships team where I worked closely with local communities and museum curators, developing new ways to interpret and explore some of the world’s most iconic objects. Part of this involved working with vulnerable young people aged 13-26 from some of the most deprived boroughs in London, supported by the John Lyon’s Charity. In 2010 I obtained major funding from the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation to enable similar programmes to become established at museums across the UK.