Our Team

Senior Management

Chief Executive: Katherine Hewitt

Katherine took over as Chief Executive in June 2014. After joining Gateway in 2011 as Programme Lead for Health and Wellbeing she spent a brief time as Deputy CEO then moved to Operations Manager.

Katherine’s background is in community development and area based regeneration. She led the Community Empowerment theme of Sandwell’s New Deal for Communities Programme (NDC) and more recently she was responsible for their Connecting Communities programme. Previous to that she ran a community centre on a council estate in Grimsby.

Katherine has experience of working with partnership and resident led Boards and was responsible for ensuring that those involved were truly representative of the community they served. She was also heavily involved in setting up a Community Development Trust as the successor body to the NDC.

Although her previous work has largely been in the public sector there was always much focus on forging links with the voluntary and community sectors and building their capacity, so her move to the not-for-profit sector was a natural one.

Katherine’s email: katherine.hewitt@gatewayfs.org


Operations Manager: Jo Harper

Jo HarperJo joined Gateway in 2009 as a Programme Lead before moving to Operations Manager in 2012. She is responsible for ensuring all our work achieves its targets and is delivered to a high standard. Jo also manages service improvement and implementing new work to the business.

Jo’s experience includes work within the private sector as well as charities and the Third Sector, though always with a focus on reducing inequalities; she has in the past worked with those affected by long term unemployment and those with disabilities. Jo is keen to increase opportunities for young people, in particular those classed as NEETS.

Jo’s email: jo.harper@gatewayfs.org


Departmental Manager: Michelle Smitten

Michelle SmittenMichelle ensures the smooth day to day running of services across our two departments. She’s also responsible for our training work and ensures we maintain our accredited status with a range of training and qualification providers. Michelle has worked for and with Gateway for the past eight years. She is a qualified assessor and adult educator, and has a strong experience of supporting learners to achieve.

Michelle’s previous experience has been varied: she has worked for the Education Department in schools, for the NHS delivering Health Services for parents and carers with children under five, and has also worked in colleges as a Tutor/Assessor.

Michelle’s email: michelles@gatewayfs.org


Programme Managers

Supporting People: Michelle Bluck

Michelle BluckMichelle has been a Programme Manager with Gateway since 2007. After managing the Pregnancy Outreach Worker Service (POWS) for nearly seven years she managed the Training to Care service, before becoming the manager of Gateway’s Interpreting Service. She now manages all Gateway’s “Supporting People” services, including POWS, Gateway Interpreters and, until recently, Gateway Healthy Futures.

Michelle’s background is in supporting children and families. In previous roles, she managed a private nursery and established a mobile crèche which offered childcare to local disadvantaged communities.

Michelle’s email: michelle.bluck@gatewayfs.org


Health Trainers: Jemma Abbott

Jemma has been a Programme Manager with Gateway since January 2017. Jemma manages all of Gateway’s Health and Wellbeing services, including the Health Trainers and Pre-diabetes contracts.

Jemma’s background is in managing Children and Families services. In previous roles, she has been a Youth and Community Worker, a Youth Offending Officer and has managed a team of Community Workers delivering prevention initiatives across a county to disadvantaged young people and their families.

Jemma’s email: Jemma.Abbott@gatewayfs.org