Meet the team

We are a small and agile team based in the heart of Gloucester, but often found in the neighbourhoods we work alongside or at our ‘other office’ at Gloucester Services.

We also have an incredible board of Trustees with vast and varied experience between them, who have expertly guided us as our trust has evolved over the years to deliver new projects and become who we are today.

Our team

Mark Gale, Chief Executive

Mark Gale is the founder and Chief Executive of Gloucestershire Gateway Trust.  A former UK Social Entrepreneur of the Year, Mark has previously advised government on social inclusion, and been a national board member of the housing charity Shelter. Mark helped introduce community time banking into the UK and Europe and has worked within Gloucestershire Gateway Trust’s target communities for over three decades.

Clare Skivington, Community Support Manager

Clare Skivington is Community Support Manager for Gloucestershire Gateway Trust, based at Gloucester Services. Clare has worked for more than 20 years in the voluntary sector, campaigning and fundraising with international NGO’s as well as local charities. She has worked abroad in Ecuador in urban areas and is passionate about how people can have a positive impact on communities through coming together.

Jason Dunsford, Head of Employment and Skills

Jason Dunsford is Head of Employment and Skills for Gloucestershire Gateway Trust. He has worked for over 15 years in communities across Gloucestershire to support people develop their careers. A qualified tutor and careers adviser, Jason has directly supported thousands of people and written hundreds of CVs. He managed the GEM Project, a partnership of 50 organisations that supported people get into, or closer to work.​

Rebecca Boseley, Head of Marketing and PR

​Rebecca Boseley is Head of Marketing and PR for Gloucestershire Gateway Trust.  She spent over 15 years in marketing management within insurance and financial services, specialising in charities, education, and arts and culture.  Her roles have included strategic development, PR and communications, and relationship management for the likes of English Heritage, and has served as a Trustee of another local community charity.  

Nikki Davies, Marketing Manager

Nikki Davies is Marketing Manager for Gloucestershire Gateway Trust. She has nearly 12 years marketing experience within the tourism, education and charity sectors, specialising in events, brand and campaigns.
Nikki managed the marketing and communications for the county-wide  GEM Project, and is extremely passionate about working together in our local communities to support even more people to reach their goals.

Bill Booth, Children and Family Hubs Development

Bill is a Community Development Specialist for Gloucestershire Gateway Trust and brings over 30 years’ experience working in the voluntary and community sector. Motivated by social justice and change, Bill spent 15 years at Gloucester Law Centre as Welfare Rights Specialist & Community Development Lead before moving on to manage a large-scale community health and welfare programme in inner-city Birmingham.  

Our Trustees

Stephen Pallister, Chairman

Stephen Pallister is Chair of Gloucestershire Gateway Trust and a leading charity lawyer and partner at Wiggin Osbourne Fullerlove. Stephen acts for a number of large national charities and originates from Cumbria where his Uncle owned the building firm that built the Tebay Services for the Westmorland Family 40 years ago.

Ian Simpson, Company Secretary

Ian Simpson is Gloucestershire Gateway Trust’s Company Secretary. He spent over 30 years in financial services as a senior executive at charity-owned Ecclesiastical Insurance Group based in Gloucestershire. Now a self-employed consultant, Ian was lead bid writer for the GEM Project, which was managed by the trust.

Jo White, Trustee

Jo White is Executive Director of Co-operative Futures which supports the development of
co-operative and community owned businesses in the Midlands and south of the UK. Jo is one of the UK’s leading experts in the community enterprise sector and has supported a number of community business initiatives in the neighbourhoods Gloucestershire Gateway Trust works alongside.

Bob Allen, Trustee

Bob Allen is a Matson resident who also chairs the Matson, Robinswood and White City Community Partnership. Bob formerly worked as a Youth Worker in Matson and is still a very active member of the local community and is particularly involved with Robinswood School and Matson Baptist Church.

Bishop Robert Springett, Trustee

The Right Reverend Robert Springett is the suffragan Bishop of Tewkesbury in the Diocese of Gloucester. Bishop Robert chairs the Diocesan Board of Education, has a passion for his community and lives within one of Gloucestershire Gateway Trust’s target community areas on the edge of Robinswood Hill.

Monique Smith, Trustee

Monique Smith is Area Manager for Standguide. She has worked in careers guidance for over 20 years on many contracts including for the National Careers Service. Monique is a Fellow of the Institute of Employability Professionals and is passionate about moving the sector forward. Monique has supported many people to reach their goals as a qualified careers adviser and trainer who enjoys developing people.

Pip Levett, Trustee

​​Pip Levett works part-time as Therapeutic Play Lead at Play Gloucestershire, the children’s charity she founded in 2007. She has been a playwork practitioner since 1984. After 14 years as Play Gloucestershire’s Director of Play, Pip has now stepped aside to lead the charity’s therapeutic play in The Play Sanctuary – the safe space she created to help children with life’s ups and downs. 

Martin Simon, Trustee

Martin Simon is a writer and a Community Development consultant who introduced time-banking to the UK. Martin later helped launch Asset Based Community Development 
(ABCD) in the UK and has worked on strategic community projects with a number of governments and communities throughout the UK.

Our Patrons

Charles Fisher
Charles M. Fisher, MA served as Chief Executive of a locally based UK builders merchants throughout the 1990’s and has a background in property investment. He was Chair of Gloucestershire Gateway Trust for 10 years until stepping down from the Board in 2017. 

Rachel Treweek, Bishop of Gloucester
Rachel Treweek, since her appointment as Bishop of Gloucester in 2015, has been a strong supporter of Gloucestershire Gateway Trust’s work, particularly in our target communities.