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SIFA Fireside, the Birmingham support service for adults facing homelessness, has strengthened its board of trustees with the addition of two new trustees. This comes as the charity continues to remodel its existing services to better support those in need of emergency support, providing opportunities for long-term move on from homelessness and influencing the strategic development of the homelessness agenda in local and national arenas.


The charity are joined by Emma Tronson, who was a previous supporter of the charity during her time at The Wilderness restaurant and was instrumental in the Big Brummie Campout and No Bab campaign with Punks & Chancers.

Emma told us: “I’m thrilled to join the exceptional Board of Trustees at SIFA Fireside and hopefully make a real difference to the lives of people within the local community. For years now I have avidly supported SIFA Fireside through fundraising events, awareness and adhoc support when needed – my values align well with those of SIFA Fireside and I am grateful to have the support of my employer, Aston University, who is equally passionate about local causes.

Emma continued; “I truly believe all human beings deserve support, care and equal opportunities and I hope my ongoing support to the charity will go some way to enrich the lives of those within our fantastic city.”

The Board is also complemented by the appointment of Stuart Young, a partner with over 30 years of transaction and leadership experience at Gowling WLG, who have been long-term supporters of SIFA Fireside themselves.  Stuart told us;

“It is an absolute pleasure to join the board of trustees at SIFA Fireside having seen first-hand the difference that the charity makes. The support and services it provides have a truly positive impact on Birmingham and I am proud to now be a part of that. My firm, Gowling WLG, has been supporting SIFA Fireside since 2018 which makes taking this position an even easier choice as I have the full backing of my colleagues (many of whom also volunteer at SIFA Fireside).

Continuing, Stuart said; “Over the past few years, homelessness has become a greater issue, not just in Birmingham, but across the country.  SIFA Fireside, through its amazing people, makes a real difference and I want to do what I can to support its efforts.”

With the appointment of two new members to the existing board of trustees, the wealth of experience and acumen will ensure that SIFA Fireside continue to be well-positioned to make impactful change to those facing, or at risk of homelessness in Birmingham.”

Find out more about SIFA Fireside’s Board of Trustees at

Robb Sheppard

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