Meet the Trustees


Mick Penson

Chair of Trustees

Mick has been a Mustard Tree Trustee since the beginning, in 2003. 

He has a passion to see Christian faith worked out in Church, Business and Social Action. 

Mick also runs an office supplies company in Reading. He is continually inspired by the work of Mustard Tree’s incredible staff and volunteers, who transform lives by their work .

As a Lover of God, My Family and Fulham Football Club, the first two have taught him what love and faithfulness are all about … the 3rd has taught him to cope with disappointment and despair!

Danni Malone


Danni’s connection with The Mustard Tree started when she was an intern for the Rahab project.  She has worked in development for the Cinnamon Network and is currently Director of Operations for The Trussell Trust, working to create a UK without the need for foodbanks.

Dr John Hawkins


John worked for 33 years for the British Council as a Science Officer, Project Manager, Finance Director and Director for Africa and South Asia. Thirteen years were lived in developing countries. 

He received an OBE in 2002. John worked in human rights in Nigeria, managed a counselling project in Sierra Leone and was a Magistrate in Berkshire. 

He has survived armed robbery, rioting and muggings. He is married to June, has two children and six grandchildren.

Kevin Potter


Kevin is one of the founders of The Mustard Tree, he has worked globally with HIV and AIDS care in Mumbai India, and headed up an anti-trafficking organisation in Los Angeles, California.

Since his return to the UK he has joined the Board and is currently involved in mentoring church and charity leaders in integrated community development.

Leonard Onugha


Leonard says that knowing Christ and learning to walk with him has been an adventure – being arrested for holding a prayer meeting in one country and serving as a teaching pastor with a church in South East Asia are just some of the journeys his faith has taken him on! 

Much of his earlier work within ministry was done whilst he held a role with a large energy company. He has a deep and continuing desire to see the full flourishing of individuals and communities.

He is married to Joanna, they have three children, and lead a group of three churches.

Alison Awuku


Alison spent just over 15 years in the financial services sector, working in investment management and insurance companies as a Compliance Manager, overseeing regulatory activities in various European countries.  She then trained as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist and a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist.

She has had a keen interest in The Mustard Tree projects for a number of years and previously worked with the Rahab project and Reading Lifeline.

She lives in Reading with her husband and two children.

David Gibbons


David spent his career in the Pharmaceutical and Healthcare sectors. He was CEO of Abbott Laboratories UK and, following retirement, he took on  non executive roles as Chairman or Director of a series of public and private companies. He has a degree in science and he is a qualified accountant.

In the charity sector David has served as a trustee of several charities including Community Service Volunteers (CSV). For eight years he was a volunteer and Chairman of IPSEA which gives legally based advice to parents of children with Special Educational needs. He is married to Stephanie and they have two daughters and five grandchildren.