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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

David was CEO at City Gateway for four years and during this time he demonstrated incredible devotion to his team, alongside great commitment and passion for helping the young people we serve.

Having held many leadership roles in both commercial and non-profit sectors, David is passionate and experienced in driving organisational transformation and developing and empowering teams to deliver vision and impact.

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