David Wesson - Chief Executive Officer
David Wesson has an impressive commercial background. David was CEO of a consumer products company, Gemma International and prior to this as Trading Director at Virgin Retail. David has worked for over 20 years in business both in the UK and internationally.
Having joined City Gateway in September 2016, David is passionate about building people, brands and propositions to deliver fantastic service for consumers, customers and end-users.
Dirk Paterson - Chair
Dirk Paterson is the founding chairman of City Gateway, which he started in his kitchen in East London in 1998. During that time he has overseen the growth and transformation of City Gateway. Starting his career in the UK Parliament, Dirk is a public policy and strategic communications professional currently heading up the corporate affairs function at one of Europe’s leading pension schemes. His career has included in-house and in-agency work in the public and private sectors, both in the UK and in Europe. He is a qualified teacher and has taught in the UK and the Caribbean where he was founder of two schools in rural communities.
James Bishop - Vice-Chair
James is currently the Finance Manager for Fresh Foods at Sainsbury’s. He qualified as a chartered accountant in 2001 and has since worked in a variety of industries but primarily retail and leisure, mainly in business partnering roles.
He has been aware of the work of City Gateway since 2000 through his attendance at Christ Church Spitalfields, with which the charity has links. James was treasurer at Christ Church from 2004 to 2009 and within that period he was also treasurer of an arts charity called Epic Arts.
Wei-Lynn Lum - Safeguarding Lead
Wei-Lynn is a legal adviser to the Department of Health specialising in mental health, mental capacity and safeguarding, and previously worked in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet in the Victorian Government of Australia. She has expertise in governance and public administration, public law advisory and litigation work, public policy development and intergovernmental negotiations. She is passionate about strengthening local communities.
Rachel Duncombe-Anderson was a founding member of Epic Arts - a disability arts charity with an international profile. She was managing director from 2007-2012 and has 12 years of third sector experience. Rachel is also a qualified nurse and has worked mainly in Accident and Emergency at the Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel so has an interest in health. She now works in emergency research alongside her artistic freelancer work. Recent voluntary work includes humanitarian aid during the UK Ebola response in Sierra Leone and working with aid agency Medair. Rachel is also involved in her local church in Walthamstow.
Lea Milligan – Impact and analytics lead
Lea is the Executive Director of Mercy Ships, an international Christian Charity that serves Africa through the world's largest civilian hospital ship. Lea has worked in the Third Sector for 12 years Initially running education projects in custodial and community settings, Lea went on to act as consultant for churches and charities across the UK, passionate about seeing impact in their local communities. Lea was COO of City Gateway 2014-2016 leading on the Future:You impact assessment project and continues to support the charity on it's impact journey through his role on the board
Nathan Oley – Governance/youth lead
Nathan is a public affairs professional. He is currently head of public affairs and stakeholder relations at the College of Policing. He has been an in house public affairs specialist at the Financial Conduct Authority, The Electoral Commission and the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, the Association of Police Authorities and the Metropolitan Police. He is a trusted source for the media and gave evidence at the Leveson Enquiry.
Nathan lives in East London and is a community activist.
Alex Harris – Strategy lead
Alex is a political consultant turned humanitarian, now using his advisory experience to advocate for increased private sector engagement and collaboration in improving access to medicine in frontier markets and fragile states. Prior to joining IHP, he worked as a lobbyist to the pharmaceutical industry, foreign governments and a diverse range of companies who required expert knowledge of the UK and European political systems. During his ten years at IHP, Alex has also served as Head of Corporate Partnerships and Director of Operations. IHP’s mission is to help those without access to medicine in the developing world by coordinating the safe and responsible donation of medical products from the healthcare industry across Europe.
Sean Greathead – HR lead
Sean has more than 15 years of experience working with organisations to grow, develop and empower their people. He currently heads up the People and Talent function at M J Mapp, a niche property and asset management company. He has extensive experience in HR, Learning and Development and Change Management. Sean has worked with commercial, government and not for profit organisations. He has extensive experience in leadership development, talent management and values driven organisations. He has worked internationally, including the UK, USA, East, West and Southern Africa and managed projects worldwide. Sean has worked with organisations such as Shell, Chevron Texaco, Pfizer, SABMiller, Standard Chartered, Old Mutual, The HTB Group, Place2Be and World Vision. Sean has been part of the Christ Church Fulham community for a number of years and in on the PCC as PCC Secretary.
Kate is a facilitator who is passionate about spirituality and social justice. She is the Executive Officer of Creators of Peace global women’s programme. Kate has 20 years’ experience of working with faith-based and community organisations in civic engagement and trust-building. She has a Masters Degree in Public Administration and a Postgraduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution. Kate is an RSA Fellow and helps run the Two23 Network of Christians connected by LGBT+ issues. She is a member of the Othona Community and lives at St Saviour’s Priory in the east end of London.