Katherine Shepherd


Katherine has worked in the Reading voluntary sector since 2003 and initially joined the Mustard Tree as Manager of Engage Befriending. She is passionate about increasing well-being in our local communities and believes strong partnerships are key to achieving this. She is actively involved in her local church and enjoys connecting with people, including chatting to people at bus stops!

Ali Dent

Central Services Manager

Ali started working at the Mustard Tree not long after its inception in 2004, she’s held a variety of roles, and is now Central Services Manager. “Central Services” is behind the scenes but ensures that Mustard Tree meets it’s legal and contractual obligations and enables Projects to run smoothly. Ali enjoys the variety the role brings and the difference Mustard Tree makes to the “misunderstood” in the local area. Outside of work Ali loves reading, cakes & coffee.

Mike Atkinson

Central Services Coordinator

Mike joined the Mustard Tree in April 2016. His role is to handle some of the behind the scenes admin that is needed to keep things running smoothly. He has a history of assisting local charities in this way, and enjoys working alongside people who are passionate about making a difference to marginalised people within our community. Outside work he is heavily involved in church life at Norcot Mission and also finds time to potter in the garden.

Jayne Seaman

Fundraising Officer

Tel: 0118 956 7000

Jayne joined The Mustard Tree in August 2018 in the role of Fundraising Officer. She supports projects in securing the funding they need to outwork their vision. She has worked in the voluntary sector since graduating from Theological College in the late 1990’s. She has a heart for cross-cultural mission and a passion for equipping Christians to engage effectively in transforming individual lives and communities. Outside of work she loves anything crafty and especially enjoys jewellery making. She is a fan of motorsport in general and Formula One in particular.