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.

We place every individual young person at the heart of what we do and work as one team in order to deliver the best support we can to meet their unique needs.

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Diane Betts

CEO

‘I’m an ambassador and an advocate for enabling social mobility and equal access.’ Originally an accountant, Diane has over 25 years’ leadership experience in not-for-profit organisations that provide specialised social support, often to those who are disadvantaged, vulnerable, or who live with additional needs. Her passion is completely aligned with City Gateway’s vision, to see young people grow and reach their full potential, no matter the place they start.

Mark Pike

Head of Education and Inclusion

‘I am passionate about using my expertise to support my team in the delivery of traineeships and provision that meets the needs of vulnerable learners so they can succeed’. Mark has a wealth of senior leadership and management experience in a diverse range of settings including a further education college and a national provider working with both disadvantaged adults and young people. Mark chairs a local network of work-based providers and is also a governor of a secondary school with responsibility for safeguarding.

Jenny Jordan

Head of Marketing and Outreach

‘My team and I are passionate about breaking down barriers that the people we serve may have faced and giving them access to opportunities to achieve their ambitions’. With over 12 years’ experience of marketing in the charity sector, Jenny leads on all Marketing and Outreach activity, spreading the word about the successes and achievements of those who have come through our programmes and encouraging others to access these same opportunities, no matter what their starting place might be.

Donna Clark

Head of Finance

The best part of my role as finance lead has been supporting the apprentices in my team to achieve and begin their careers in finance. I’m so proud of these colleagues who have all gone on to bigger and better work opportunities. Young people can do amazing things if they are given encouragement, support and skills to boost their chances of success in the wider world of work.” Donna qualified as an ACCA and spent 10 years working in various audit roles at KPMG. She then worked with several small businesses and charities supporting their financial management and strategy. She has also served on the board of a national charity supporting adults with learning disabilities, and is passionate about social inclusion.

If you would like to join our team check out our latest vacancies >

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Mark Pike

Executive Designated Safeguarding Lead

Elicia Morrison

Designated Safeguarding Lead

If you are a current learner and in need of support at any time, please remember you can contact us using our safeguarding email or phone.

You can email us on: safeguarding@citygateway.org.uk or call us on: 07580 585614.

In an emergency always contact your local

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Adam is an experienced Management Consultant with Deloitte. Adam brings a wealth of experience in change management, strategy and operations transformation gained through over 15 years working across many Banking and Investment firms. Through his role at Deloitte he currently leads the EMEA change function for a large global Investment Management firm.

Adam is passionate about creating a world where any young person, regardless of their background, can aspire to and succeed in the world of work – on a personal level he has worked with several charities in this space and holds a key role in Deloitte’s ‘One Million Futures’ initiative.

Adam is Chair of our Quality and Impact committee.

Barri Disu, a native of East London, brings a wealth of work experience across diverse fields. With over 15 years of expertise in education, spanning primary, secondary, and further education, Barri excels in teaching, management, pastoral care, and safeguarding leadership. His involvement in Community Development, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion further underscores his commitment to fostering inclusive environments. As the creative director of a lifestyle clothing brand, Barri’s innovative content captivates a broad audience.

Now, as Education Trustee at City Gateway, he channels his educational experience and deep passion for empowering young individuals and providing them with career opportunities to support and uplift the organisation.

Clive is an experienced HR and Recruitment Director, and Chartered Fellow of the CIPD. Working in People and Culture (HR), Clive is Director, Flexible Talent, People & Culture at Warner Bros. Discovery, covering EMEA (Europe Middle East and Africa) and APAC (Asia Pacific). He has recruited in the private, public and third sectors and remembers what it was like leaving school to complete an electrical apprenticeship at age 16. Clive is our Apprenticeship lead trustee.

Florence Ponle is a Data Consultant with over 8 years of experience in financial services. She brings extensive expertise in both data, governance and financial management, with various stakeholders.

Beyond her professional endeavours, Florence is a mentor to young people at Baytree, which is an educational charity for women and girls, demonstrating a deep passion for fostering their growth across all facets of life regardless of their background.

Florence served as a member in Women in Finance Nigeria UK Chapter, which is a platform for advocacy, development and networking of African women in the Financial Sector. She was actively involved in planning, coordinating events and facilitating mentor matching initiatives.

Florence has joined our board as a Finance trustee and will be utilising her experience to support the Finance Team.

Marva de la Coudray is a highly experienced senior leader within Higher Education. With a career spanning 20 years, she is a passionate advocate for equity, social justice and transformational education. She has worked with a range of local, national and international organisations across the education, charity and government sectors, with expertise in driving strategic change and championing continuous improvements in education. It is for these reasons that she is delighted to be a Trustee at City Gateway, where she draws upon her working-class and Caribbean background, to support the charity to serve communities most impacted by social and economic inequality.

Rafaela Amusu leads a Government Financial Business Support Team.

Formally a Practice Manager and Paralegal at a Law Firm, Rafaela witnessed first-hand the disadvantages faced by parents from limited educational backgrounds and the likelihood for their children to be removed from the family unit. Despite these odds, Rafaela maintained a high success rate in reuniting children with their families through making compelling arguments to the Courts.

With over 5 years’ experience within the Civil Service, Rafaela is familiar with strategic financial planning in varying and challenging economic climates.

Rafaela has joined our board as a Finance Trustee and will be utilizing her experience to support our Finance Team.

To read more about the committees our trustees support, click here >