After university, Emma was employed by Edinburgh District Council, working in sheltered housing management for the elderly and disabled. Following a move to London in 1980, she worked for TSB Bank and Aviva plc for 15 years, providing financial and insurance services to medical practitioners throughout the UK. More recently she has worked and still volunteers for Richmond Association for the Blind.
Emma has lived in Richmond for 15 years. She has been a Trustee of The Richmond Charities since 2010 and was Chair from 2014 to 2018. She is a member of the Welfare Committee and Property Committee.