Gareth MitchellChairman of the MAF UK Board Gareth is Chief Executive of a local authority housing company and has spent a number of years in senior management roles in local government. Gareth's professional background is in marketing and communications, both in the public sector and in the motor industry, and his interest in the work of MAF was prompted by a visit to the Uganda programme in 2011. Gareth is married to Gail, they have two grown-up children, and they worship at Kingsland Church, Colchester.
Diana WhiteDiana was the Director of a network of European Christian relief and development agencies for 12 years, in which MAF was an active member. She traveled extensively in the developing world visiting projects. The network was based in Brussels where she lived and worked for many years with her husband and 3 children. She is a trustee of Retrak, an international NGO working with street children in East and Southern Africa and Brazil. She has recently moved back to Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire.
Richard JonesRichard is 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 years ago following a visit by a MAF family on furlough to the church he was worshipping at 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.
David WestDavid is a Fellow of the CIPD and his HR career spans the Public, Private & Voluntary Sectors. David left his role as a HR Director for DHL in the UK, where he had responsibility for Learning & Development, to become CEO of an international aid charity, working in Sub-Saharan Africa. During that time the charity transitioned from a “Trade not Aid” model with over a million beneficiaries. David & his wife Christine minister to churches across many denominations in both the UK and mainland Europe and in his spare time David continues to deliver training and consultancy.
Matthew BurtonMatthew is a Partner of a national firm of Chartered Accountants. His interest in MAF dates back to boyhood and was inspired by his grandfather who was a missionary in northern Nigeria. He is Chairman of the Trustees of New Growth Ministries – a small Christian charity operating in Zimbabwe. In his spare time, he enjoys his Private Pilots Licence. He is married to Ali and has three daughters. Together they worship at a church near their home in Essex
Maeve MarnellMaeve is a qualified solicitor with a background in defense litigation. She is the executive trustee of the charity Food For Thought Africa which she founded in 2007 and regularly travels to Kenya to manage its projects there.She also sits on the board of the Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education as a non-executive director. Maeve is married to Eamonn and she worships at St Comgall’s in Bangor, Northern Ireland.
Max joined MAF as a pilot, with his wife, Susan, in October 1971. 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. This included opening new flight programmes in Madagascar, Mongolia, Bangladesh, Uganda and Liberia. He continues to be involved from time to time. Max and Sue live in Canterbury and are heavily involved in Barton Church where Max also serves as an elder.
Steve Osei-MensahSteve has 30 years of business leadership 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 ARocha international. Steve is married to Emma (Speech and Language Therapist), and they have 2 daughters: Kathryn & Jennifer. Steve is passionate about aviation & is a qualified private pilot in UK, US, & Kenya.