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:

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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.

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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.

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Stephen Clague

Stephen is a Chartered Accountant, having trained with PricewaterhouseCoopers. For many years he has been Finance Director for a variety of enterprises, most recently at Cornwall Care, the largest provider of adult social care in the county. Since 2019, he has acted as a Finance and Business Adviser to a range of enterprises. Aside from his involvement with MSP, he is also a trustee of Emmaus Cornwall, a charity supporting the homeless.

Suzie Ackford

Qualified as a chartered accountant with Arthur Andersen. She then created a global HR Consulting business Penna Consulting PLC where she was CEO and Chairman for 10 years. She currently works with a number of fledgling charities and social enterprises in Cornwall.

Adam Langer

Adam is a qualified and experienced counsellor specialising in working with trauma and addiction. He has worked in Family Assessment, Residential Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation, and Supported Housing. He is the founder and MD of the Bideford Lighthouse Project CIC and recently joined Mustard Seed Property as a partner for the Newquay Lighthouse Project CIC.

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: