OUR BOARD OF TRUSTEES
MARY PRIOR, CHAIR
Mary joined the Board in January 2017 and took on the role of Chair in January 2021. She has worked for the Oxford University Press, the civil service and then after starting a family, as a teacher. She was Deputy Head at a Fleet comprehensive for over twelve years and then worked nationally and for an LEA as an on-line mentor and curriculum provider for children unable to access mainstream education.
Mary has always had an interest and real concern for children whose difficulties affect their potential and after coming into contact with Mustard Seed, she became involved as both a volunteer and then a Trustee.
Elaine joined the Board in January 2013. She works in an infant school as a dinner lady, also running a lunchtime club for children who find it hard to socialise. She lives in the local area, with her husband of nearly 32 years and they have 2 daughters.
Elaine has been involved with Mustard Seed for several years, initially helping with the children and now as a Trustee.
Kay joined the board in September 2020. Prior to starting a family, Kay spent almost 15 years working in marketing and communications. Her latest roles have included becoming a SEN Governor to the local primary school, working within one of Southern Health Foundation Trust’s Health Visiting Teams and more recently, working for HomeStart Hampshire. Kay is married with a son, and says she became interested in helping other parents after her own struggles following the birth of her son who had chronic reflux and still has life threatening allergies. In her spare time she also volunteers for a charity that seeks to provide reading books to schools in Africa.
NATALIE WALKER, TREASURER
Natalie joined the board in December 2020. Natalie first came into contact with Mustard Seed around 2013 through her previous job with Parent Voice, a Hampshire charity supporting parents of disabled children. Natalie could see that there was a huge need for the services that Mustard Seed provide as there is nothing else like them around and is excited to help shape the future of such a fantastic charity. Natalie has 2 grown up children and her son has ASD, ADHD and epilepsy, he still lives at home. Natalie is also trustee of another local charity supporting disabled children and young adults to access term time music, dance and drama clubs.
Shelley joined the board in September 2021. In 2020 Shelley retired from over 40 years in Special Educational Needs teaching. During that time, she had contact with many different organisations, Mustard
Seed being one of them. Shelley had always been very impressed by the impact that the charity has been able to make to the lives of so many different individuals.
"As a small charity, they achieve a great deal with limited funding. I felt that I wanted to become involved with the Trust to support them, in their goal, to
expand the work they are doing and reach even more people in the future. I hope that by being a Trustee I will enable this to happen."