About us

Meet our board

Find out more about MAF UK’s team of trustees!

Matthew Burton
Chairman of the MAF UK Board

Matthew Burton (Chair) originally qualified as a Chartered Surveyor but is now the Managing Partner of a national firm of Chartered Accountants. His interest in MAF dates back to his boyhood and was inspired by his grandfather who was a missionary in northern Nigeria. Prior to becoming closely involved in MAF he was Chairman of the Trustees of a small Christian charity operating in Zimbabwe and he retains a close interest in that country. He also holds a private pilot’s licence. He is married to Ali and has three daughters. Together they worship at a church near their home in Essex and they co-lead a home group.

Ann Saunders
MAF UK Trustee

Ann has worked in People Management for a variety of organisations including engineering and manufacturing, The London Stock Exchange, a start-up consultancy and an International Development Company.  She is currently the Director for People at Wycliffe Bible Translators and is a fellow of the CIPD. Ann has supported MAF since learning about the mission whilst at Church in Canterbury.  She has served over the last 20 years on the MAF UK board, followed by the MAF International board and now returning to the MAF UK board. Ann is married to Tim, a church minister and has three adult daughters.

Bill Lowe
MAF UK Trustee

Bill Lowe has recently retired from his most recent role as Director of Philanthropy at the international human rights organization CSW. Before joining CSW in 2012 Bill worked for over 30 years in the UK banking sector where he was involved in providing finance for aircraft and other large assets such as trains and ships. Bill is married to Gill (a nurse), and they have two daughters. Now living in Claygate, Bill worships at Holy Trinity where he has in the past served in various roles including church warden.

Carl Knightly
MAF UK Trustee

Carl Knightly is the Director of Church Networks at London City Mission, a Christian charity focused on evangelism and mission to the marginalised. Prior to this Carl was the CEO of Faith in Later Life, a national Christian charity focused on older people. Before this Carl was the Director of Engagement for a national Christian care home provider, and held a wide-ranging portfolio including marketing, communications, and supporter engagement. These roles followed a 14-year career in the Civil Service, where Carl worked in a variety of senior strategy, communications, and operational roles. Carl and his wife Suzy (an Intensive Care nurse) live in Sanderstead on the London/Surrey border and Carl is a Governor at his children’s primary school.

Andrew Hawkins
MAF UK Trustee

Andrew Hawkins a barrister by training, Andrew was a lobbyist in Brussels and London before various in-house roles in business and the not-for-profit sector. In 2003 he founded the polling firm ComRes where he was Chairman until it became part of insight group Savanta in 2019. Andrew has been a trustee of Premier Christian Media Trust since 2015 and is currently a Director of the campaign platform Democracy 3.0.

Steve Osei-Mensah
MAF UK Trustee

Steve Osei-Mensah has 30 years of business experience in Europe, Asia, Africa & North America. He has been a partner with both PwC & EY in consulting, and a director /in senior management in the financial services industry (Barclays, L&G, & Cap Gemini). Steve is a Chartered Director (IoD) & a Non-executive Director/ Trustee to 3 charitable enterprises: MAF (UK), Langham Partnership UK, and A Rocha international. Steve is married to Emma (Speech and Language Therapist), and they have 2 daughters. Steve is passionate about aviation & is a qualified private pilot in UK, US, & Kenya.

Max Gove
MAF UK Trustee

Max Gove joined MAF in October 1971 as a pilot, along with his wife, Susan. They served for 12 years in Ethiopia and Kenya before returning to the UK with their 4 daughters. For the next 30+ years, Max filled various senior leadership and management roles for MAF before retiring from full-time work in April 2015. Max was involved in opening new flight programmes in Madagascar, Mongolia, Bangladesh, Uganda, Namibia, Timor Leste and Liberia and re-opened operations in Ethiopia and South Sudan. Max also researched opportunities in Cambodia, Chad, Comoro Islands, Nepal and South Africa. Max and Sue live in Canterbury and are heavily involved in Barton Church where Max also serves as one of the youth leaders.

Richard Jones
MAF UK Trustee

Richard Jones is Finance Director of a national Health & Social Care Charity. A qualified accountant, he has a background in financial and risk management having previously held senior finance roles in the wholesale food distribution, retail and manufacturing sectors. Richard started supporting MAF twenty-five years ago following a visit by a MAF family on furlough to the church at which he was worshipping in Derby. Now living in Hawkinge, near Folkestone, Richard and his wife Lisa worship at South Kent Community Church where Richard serves as Chair of Trustees.