The Mustard Tree has a committed team of staff but is dependent on incredible volunteers from all walks of life. Below are the members of staff who represent the tip of the Mustard Tree iceberg!
Adrian Nottingham – CEO
Adrian joined the team in July 2012 and brings with him a wealth of experience in service provision and redesign from the voluntary, Health and Public Sectors. He is a passionate believer in the value of a focused and envisioned team. Adrian is married and has 3 grown up children. He loves climbing mountains and he loves having conversations that do the soul good! Adrian is also involved in local politics and is an elected Councillor for the Heald Green Ward, Stockport.
Janet Wong – Office Manager
Janet started at The Mustard Tree in November 2006. She coordinates the Dignity Project and manages the office, soup runs, kitchen and volunteers. She is married with 4 children and enjoys badminton, swimming and humming to herself!
Jim Kielty – Operations Manager
Jim is responsible for ensuring The Mustard Tree runs like a well oiled machine, quite a challenging job! He is an extremely experienced individual having joined MT from the banking sector.
Nick Hypolite – Resources Manager
Nick has been at The Mustard Tree since Nov 2005. As well as collecting and delivering furniture he is responsible for PAT testing all donated electrical goods. He is married with 2 children and is hoping to enjoy another skiing holiday soon!
Danny Jones – Resources Assistant
Mustard Tree has gone to another level with our newest staff member. Danny supports Nick in the warehouse, working with the lads, highly trained with S.W.A.T “accreditation” – you don’t want to mess with him!
Fiona Nelson – Retail Manager
Fiona has joined us with a wide range of experience in the retail sector, bringing her expertise to help us provide excellent service for everyone coming through the doors of our shop. Fiona loves people and has a big smile.
Ian Welch – Eccles Branch Manager
From Warehouse assistant to Branch manager in Eccles: When we opened new branch in Eccles in January 2012, Ian fitted the bill. Ian does an amazing job at Eccles delivering a much needed service at the west side of our city.
Soraya Sheikh – Project Coordinator
Soraya coordinates both the Freedom Project and other start up projects as they occur! Soraya is a Londoner and this is her first role in the charity sector (we think she’s doing a brilliant job). Soraya likes cooking and dancing but seems to have a negative influence on IT equipment, particularly printers.
Jez Green – Coach and Freedom Project Support
Jez is responsible for jointly running the Freedom Project which helps long-term unemployed get ready for work. Jez particularly focuses on coordinating the mentoring and day-to-day running of the course. Jez is 100% organic, likes triathlons and houmous.
Johnny Bushell – Progression Coordinator
Johnny works alongside Jez and Soraya on the Freedom Project. Johnny focusses on ensuring Freedom Project graduates have meaningful destinations to move onto. Johnny is an outdoorsy type who enjoys mountains, he has recently moved to Manchester from Bedford and has good hair.
Des Noone – Senior Driver
Des is one of Mustard Tree’s drivers and is responsible for collecting and delivering furniture across Greater Manchester. Des is a great asset to the team both as an excellent driver with mechanical experience and as the friendly face of Mustard Tree. Des has what he feels is an excellent sense of humour, others would strongly disagree!
Ken Lee – Driver
Ken is another of our committed drivers who braves the worst that Manchester’s weather and traffic can throw at him. He drives many miles each week collecting and delivering to households across greater Manchester.
Ken is an excellent Chinese chef.
Haydn Smith – Driver
Haydn joined us as a Freedom Training volunteer and now as our 3rd van driver. Haydn absolutely loves his job and his fresh start in life from his background being in prison. He is now trying to beat his running speed for the next 10km. Haydn faithfully serves on the soup run and is a big help whenever you need him for any extra work to be done on the warehouse and driving. He’s got a great smile and someone you can always have a laugh with.
Graham Hudson – Creative Programmes Manager
Graham has come through the Freedom Project and has been a volunteer since 2009. Since August 2012 is now a member of staff. “Working for The Mustard Tree is like a dream come true.”