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.
PETER JEFFERY, TREASURER
Peter joined the Board in January 2019 and took on the role of Treasurer in May 2019. He has 8 years previous experience as a trustee for another local charity. Peter was born and bred in Farnborough, his wife (Fleur) is a teaching assistant in a local school, and they have two grown up children. Peter is a business process consultant for a local test and measurement solutions company. His interests include walking, visiting homes & gardens, and playing board games. As well as volunteering for the Mustard Seed Siblings group, Peter & Fleur also help with the youth at their church in Frimley.
Ted joined the board in July 2019. He worked for the MOD for 38 years after completing an apprenticeship at Royal Aircraft Establishment in 1968. Ted is married and has two daughters, the youngest of whom (Nicky) is 47 years old and has a severe learning disability and uncontrolled epilepsy. Nicky lives at home with mum and dad.
Ted was also chairman of Parkside (Aldershot and District learning disability), formally Aldershot mencap, for 25 years before resigning in September 2018.
He has three grandchildren, one of whom (Zak) is diagnosed with ASD. Zak initially found school very difficult and as a result he displayed his frustration at home. Fortunately Mustard Seed intervened and as a result Zak was able to come to terms with his condition and is now happily placed at a special school in Pirbright.
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 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.