Our Trustees

Our Trustees and Ambassadors are kind enough to give their time to provide support and advice to local Charities and Communities groups, as well as run their own business. They also ensure that the money MCT raise is used in the best possible way to support others.

If you would like to find out more, please get in touch with us.

Meet our Trustees:

John Charlton

I have a background in the business-to-business and business-to-consumer sectors of industry. With a formal training in marketing management, I developed and operated a number of businesses, ranging from business publishing to consumer services.

I now work in the voluntary and charity sector: managing the Community Media Group, which publishes hyperlocal newspapers, and as a trainer for OxBEL, an end-of-life befriending support service.

I got involved with MCT because…I was a founding member of MCT. I was keen to help and support charities and community groups across Oxfordshire with an emphasis on businesses and charities working together. Over the last five years, I have worked with many charities, helping and advising them in their development.

The best thing about being an MCT Trustee is…The amazing people and charities I get to meet. It is truly inspiring.

In my spare time…When I’m not working, I enjoy playing music in a rather loud party band!

Paul Mabbutt

I have supported local charities for over 20 years, mainly through various Trustee roles. Plus, for the last 10 years, I’ve been providing mentoring and advice to people running charities.

I also lead a great team at Jennings, a business looking after over 100 tenants from our main business park – Monument Park in Chalgrove.

I got involved with with MCT because …I set up MCT in 2010 with John Charlton to widen our support to local charities and see if we could help by using our links to the business community. There are so many fantastic charities in Oxfordshire, providing much needed services to the less fortunate in society. These are challenging times for much of the voluntary sector, so I felt very driven to help.

The best thing about being an MCT Trustee is…Meeting some incredible people in charities, who dedicate their lives to helping others, and working with a great team of Trustees. It’s also great to see how a small amount of help and support can sometimes make quite a significant difference.

In my spare time…I have three children, who have all decided not to share my love of Oxford United, sadly. I have played in various local bands and competed at football and table tennis for many years. Now I’m taking it steady on the bowls green. I also sit on the board of Aspire, help out with the ROBIN network and am a governor at my local primary school

Meet the team:

Louise Tucker

Through my role as PA to Paul Mabbutt (MD of Jennings and Founder of MCT) I’ve been involved with the Trust since it was set up, coordinating the support for charities and community groups.

I got involved with MCT because…I was keen to help and support charities and community groups, especially with fundraising.  I am passionate about the small local charities and learning about the amazing work and services they provide.

The best thing about being an MCT coordinator is…Working with the Trustees is a privilege. I love to see them in action with their fantastic expertise, knowledge, support and understanding that they bring to help the charities and community groups.  I also enjoy meeting the lovely people who are trying to make the lives of others better in some way. I find it humbling and fascinating to hear the great things that are being achieved and love being part of it in some way.

In my spare time…My passion is being outdoors taking long walks with my husband, Malcolm, and my gorgeous dog, Benny, whilst taking photographs of wildlife and landscapes. I enjoy spending as much time as I can in Salcombe, where I am fortunate to have a second home by the sea.

Meet our Ambassadors:

Louise Wheeler

Having worked in the corporate market research sector for much of my career, my desire to be more engaged in my local community was a key factor in deciding to set up my own business, Research Oxford Ltd.

My business has been a member of ROBIN for seven years and we’ve done pro bono consultancy for various local charities. Along with undertaking a number of local social research and impact evaluation projects, this has given me a solid understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing third sector organisations in Oxfordshire.

I got involved with MCT because…Learning about the amazing work of the many small charities in Oxfordshire motivated me to use my skills and experience to support them. MCT provides the perfect way to do this.

Nick Streeter

I have been a fundraiser for 16 years for a range of charities across different areas of fundraising, including Specialeffect. I bring some of my experiences (good and bad!) to help the causes MCT work with.

I got involved with MCT because…I knew and had admired the work of Paul Mabbutt, Louise Tucker and Jennings for a long time – the way that they as a business engage with the voluntary sector. At a pub lunch, I ended up happily agreeing to come on board. I’ve been very lucky to be given help and advice by a whole host of people in business and at other charities. It’s nice to be able to try and do the same for others.

Jenny Fox

As CEO of Aspire Oxford for six years, I gained experience of running and growing a social enterprise with charitable status. This gave me insight into the daily pressures that third sector organisations face. When visiting charities, I have practical, realistic and deliverable advice to share.

I have just embarked on a new career as Director of a start up called Camerados, a community interest company, focused on ending isolation by promoting the need for friends and purpose.

I got involved with MCT because…When you have limited resources and are passionate about your charity’s aims and beneficiaries, sometimes you don’t see the wood from the trees. I have experienced how useful it is for someone to come in with fresh eyes and ears as a confidential sounding board.

Grant Hayward

I’ve been supporting charities and community groups, through a variety of roles, since I moved to Oxfordshire in 2008. My business, Collaborent,  brings businesses and charities together to help create and develop mutually beneficial opportunities and partnerships.

I got involved with MCT because…I believe passionately in the small, local charities that provide essential services. MCT is a great way for me to understand and support them and to help tackle the increasing challenges they face.