Emma Kernahan

Emma is a support worker specialising in financial capability, with 15 years’ experience of working closely with people with complex needs, to maximise their income.

Emma began her career working in international development, with a focus on participatory research methods. She has a background in Social Anthropology, studying first at the University of Cambridge, and then gaining a Masters in the Anthropology of Development at the School of Oriental and African Studies.

Since then, she has worked extensively on issues relating to employability, housing and homelessness, first for the Big Issue magazine, then with Clean Slate, where she is developing a network of money skills advisers who have direct experience of living on a low income. Emma regularly facilitates workshops on financial wellbeing, and writes and blogs about the UK benefits system and austerity. Her interests lie in linking effective models of individual support work with policy design and delivery.