City Gateway is made up of talented and dedicated people, passionate about serving communities most impacted by social and economic inequality. Every member of our team, whatever their role, is central to seeing this vision realised.
‘My job is to work alongside and develop our fantastic team and to help make a real difference for those we serve.’ David trained at Arthur Andersen and learned how to do business at Virgin, where he was Trading Director at Virgin Retail. David worked in the commercial sector for 25 years before moving to City Gateway to help us realise a London where everyone reaches their full potential, no matter the place they start.
‘Together with my team I help partners build a connection with our work and the people we serve. We then get to tell the amazing story of what happens next’. With a background in events and major gifts fundraising, Polly oversees our Fundraising, Partnerships, Outreach and Marketing having previously worked for charities including Tearfund and The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. Not afraid of a challenge – Polly is running the London Marathon this year for City Gateway.
‘My role at City Gateway is about ensuring our programmes are delivering sustainable impact for the communities we serve. In practice, I work with our delivery teams to define and refine “what good looks like” and hold us accountable to this benchmark through rigorous data analysis. Continuous improvement is at the heart of my role and I work with the team to drive this into our delivery. I also lead on our apprenticeship programme, a vital component in delivering our impact.’ Having been at City Gateway for over 3 years, Becs has been instrumental in developing our services and building our team.
Director of Family Programmes
Director of Family Programmes
‘As Director of Family Programmes my role is to support an outstanding staff team to serve the women, children and families in our local community – our aim is to partner with our service users to support them to reach their full potential and become beacons of change for their wider families and communities’. While Hannah's first role was in the corporate sector, she has now spent eight years working in the charity sector in various roles from fundraising and events management to project development. Hannah grew up in Tower Hamlets and is actively involved in the local community. She lives in the borough with her husband and daughter. Whilst on maternity leave Rebecca Butterworth will be overseeing Family Programmes.
Deepak Mahtani – Chair›
Deepak is a successful businessman who started his own business in Geneva at the age of 23. He is a former Commercial Director of a large privately owned family business with 4,000 employees and is currently a social entrepreneur, an award-winning Management Consultant and board member of Tearfund, as well as 4 other charities. He brings huge passion for City Gateway’s mission and fresh insights, helping increase the impact of City Gateway across all areas of delivery.
James Bishop – Vice Chair›
James is currently the Head of Financial Planning and Analysis at Guardian News and Media. 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.
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.
Edward is Managing Director at the Centre for Social Justice. Prior to this, he worked as a Special Advisor at the Department for Work and Pensions, with a particular focus on reforming welfare and tackling poverty. He is driven by a desire to support the most disadvantaged to be given every opportunity to reach their full potential. He has authored a number of influential reports on social policy on topics such as reforming prisons, preventing sexual exploitation and tackling drug addiction.
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 Master’s 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.
Kenny is a political commentator, social entrepreneur and activist. He is the co-founder and Managing Director of ClearView Research Ltd, a leading-edge youth-led research company who specialise in research focussing on young people. Described by Huffington Post UK as a “young rising star making waves in UK politics” Kenny has written influential and award-winning publications and has led on innovative partnerships with global brands such as Uber, Tinder and Deliveroo, on campaigns to get young people registered to vote.
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.
David’s passion is for leading community development and social change with churches and other faith based organisations. For six years he led Christian Aid’s programme across the African continent, working with communities to bring about lasting change in partnership with civil society, government and business. As Christian Aid’s director responsible for fundraising, marketing and communications he has a broad experience of leadership and governance in the charity sector. He will soon take up a new role as Chief Executive for the Diocese of Salisbury in the Church of England.
Kate has a wealth of experience of strategic development across commercial, public and third sector organisations. Over her career, she has held a portfolio of executive director positions spanning education, training and children’s services. Kate’s main area of interest is in young people’s transitions – focusing on training professionals to better support children, throughout childhood and through transition to become robust, resilient, ambitious young adults. Kate is our specialist trustee for safeguarding.
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.