After an early career in corporate finance, Emma founded and took public an online financial information service covering all the quoted companies in Europe. It was acquired by Bloomberg in 1991 and more than doubled Bloomberg's turnover at that time.
She followed this with 15 years' running a London restaurant and working with young offenders. During this time she completed several high altitude treks and in 1993 she was one of the organisers behind the 40th Anniversary British Expedition to Everest. She was involved in fundraising for the Hilary Trust and in building the Pheriche hospital near Everest base camp in Nepal.
In 2009 she joined the Said Business School in Oxford to study for an Executive MBA degree.
Since 2010, she has focused on developing self-funding social enterprises, working with young offenders and women ex-prisoners in training, support and recruitment into quality full-time work. She became a Working Chance trustee in 2015 and also sits on the charity’s development board.