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 at the heart of what we do, so, whether that is a young person, woman or family, we work as one team in order to deliver the best support we can to meet their unique needs.

/ executive team

David Wesson


‘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.

Polly Hughes

Development Director

‘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 enjoys running marathons and even completed the London Marathon for City Gateway in 2018.

Hannah Pilkington

Director of Programmes

‘As Director of Programmes my role is to support an outstanding staff team to serve the young people, 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.

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

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Kenny is a social entrepreneur and activist. He is the co-founder and Managing Director of ClearView Research Ltd, a leading-edge research company who specialise in research focussing on young people and underrepresented communities. Over the past 3 years Kenny has brought passion, insight and expertise to the board and wider City Gateway team specifically supporting our marketing and outreach activity, bringing insights into our target audience and how best to engage them.

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.

Yvonne Bajela is a venture investor and was previously a Senior Investment Manager at Mitsui, which is one of Japan’s largest trading and investment companies with over $100 billion in assets. During her time there, she executed over $200m worth of investments in technology companies across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Yvonne is also an adviser for the Mayor of London’s Access to Finance programme and is a board member and Trustee for various charitable and private sector organisations. Yvonne is a Charted Financial Analyst and a Shaper for the World Economic Forum. She has joined our board of trustees as our Finance Trustee and will be using her investment experience to support our finance team.

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.

Uchechi is an experienced technology and commercial lawyer with a wealth of experience advising on product, commercial and privacy-related matters. Uchechi joined Google in 2014 and in his role as Legal Product Counsel he advises the engineering team on the launch and iteration of complex products. Prior to joining Google, Uchechi worked at the international law firm Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co (now Gowling WLG) as a Commercial Lawyer specialising in technology transactions.

Clive is an experienced HR and Recruitment Manager, and Chartered Fellow of the CIPD. Leading the contingent labour function at Transport for London, Clive recruits to and manages a workforce of 1,500 and high value employment agency contracts. As Redeployment Manager, Clive led TfL’s Redeployment Centre to get employees who were sick or displaced back into work. 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.