The role of our trustees is to set the vision and direction for Mustard Tree and to make sure that the charity operates legally, responsibly and in line with its values. They seek to enable Mustard Tree and its staff to be the best that they can be in their role of serving people who are homeless and marginalised in Manchester. Each trustee brings their particular professional expertise as well as their passion to serve those who currently find themselves in a difficult or vulnerable place.
We are honoured to have Warren Smith J.P., Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester as the patron of Mustard Tree.
Bronwen is chair of trustees. She has worked in housing for 25 years, initially as a solicitor and then for 12 years in the housing sector in the North West and is currently the Chief Executive of Symphony Housing Group.
Jonny is deputy chair of trustees. He is a chartered accountant with a national practice who specialises in international tax. He brings his financial expertise, but not so much of the international tax aspect!
Paul is the Director of a charity based in East Sussex. With over 15 years experience of working across the charitable sector, Paul is able to support Mustard Tree’s development as an excellent charity.
Vikas is the Managing Director of Swiscot Group, a global textiles & commodities trading business. He is also Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship with MIT Sloan on their European MBA Programme in Lisbon, and has over 10 years experience working with charities in a number of sectors.
Chris is a senior Consultant working in the NHS in the specialty of Gastroenterology. He is also a leader in medical education and is a Professor at Salford University. He has lived in Manchester for over 20 years and has been active in the charitable and voluntary sector on a local and national level during that time.
After a 25 year career in IT including running his own company, Jim joined Mustard Tree in 2009 first as a volunteer and then as Operations Manager. In that role he played a major part in setting up our community interest company Standfirm and in the establishment of our branches in Eccles and Little Hulton. He continues to actively support the Mustard Tree’s development as he manages the refurbishment project of 110 Oldham Road as well as contributing to the charity’s strategic direction.
Anthony has been a long-term supporter of Mustard Tree and has been instrumental in its growth and development since 2005. He is known internationally throughout the business world as the founder of the highly successful ‘Pets at Home’ retail chain, but his business career began in the family business in Oldham Road, Manchester, in a building which was built by his father and which is now the headquarters of the Mustard Tree’s Manchester operations. Anthony was awarded the CBE for services to business, entrepreneurship and philanthropy in 2015.