About Us

During 2007, it became clear that there was a need in Cornwall to provide independent but supported accommodation for people with learning disabilities.

Bringing a practical solution to this, Mustard Seed Property (MSP) was formed in July 2007 as a community benefit society (registered no. 30293R), and more recently as a charity with the reference no. ZD01397. Its aim is to invest in houses in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly for use as supported accommodation for vulnerable adults and those at risk of homelessness. A six bedroomed house in Helston is in use, with support provided by partner organisations such as St Petrocs, Karrek Community and Mustard Seed South West – separate charities specialising in support for vulnerable adults and those with learning disabilities.

The capital for this first venture was raised by the issue of community shares, which local people invested in and became members of the community benefit society, plus soft loans from supporters and a loan from Triodos Bank.

Since 2007, some 20 vulnerable adults including some with learning disabilities have been prevented from becoming homeless, whilst learning skills and gaining confidence in managing stable lifestyles.

Our Board Members

Members elect the board of directors by rotation at each Annual General Meeting on a one-member one-vote basis. The Board currently has five members:

liz james

Liz James

A member of Mustard Seed Property from its beginning, Liz is a counsellor, manager and supports people with learning disabilities. She ran her own small upholstery business for twenty eight years. Liz brings particular knowledge and skills in serving the beneficiaries of MSP.

mike lowe

Mike Lowe

Mike has over twenty five years experience in providing financial and technical support to dairy farmers and rural businesses, including appraisals for banks. Formulating business objectives for clients is a major part of his work, including building design from site survey to detailed design.

paul ashton

Paul Ashton

Paul originally trained as a nurse and followed a career in the NHS where after a number years he became Director of Nursing followed by CEO of an NHS Trust. Paul become CEO of a national Christian Charity in 2000 where he served for fourteen years. He has operational and board experience with a number of charities and voluntary organisations.

Daniel Brewer

Daniel is the founding director of social investment company Resonance. Since 2002 he has led a growing team preparing social enterprises and charities for investment on a variety of transactions including real estate development, community shares, fund creation and venture capital.

Our Annual Accounts for Mustard Seed Property are available here: