Kate Franklin, Chief Executive

Kate Franklin


Kate Franklin joined Gateway in August 2021. Kate is a highly experienced transformation director, senior marketer and recognised expert in building customer-centred businesses. She has a combination of housing and retail experience which has drawn on her commitment to customer experience and insight. Kate first entered the housing sector in 2008 and has 12 years experience at an executive leadership level with Hyde, One Housing Group and North Herts Homes (now settle) and is currently a non-executive director with MHS Homes.

Jackie Fearon, Director of Customer Operations

Jackie Fearon Jackie Fearon joined Gateway in January 2019 having started her career in welfare, race and housing over 25 years ago. She has extensive experience in housing and asset management, community development, resident involvement and regeneration. She has worked across the private, voluntary and local authority sectors and led teams at senior and executive level, developing high performing teams to deliver improved services to residents. Jackie has worked across a range of organisations at strategic and operational levels including Southwark & Hackney Councils, Estuary Housing Association, the Genesis Housing Group and the Peabody Trust. Jackie joins us from the Clarion Housing Group where she was a key lead on stakeholder relationships and improved service delivery across all areas of neighbourhood management in North London. Jackie has a BA in Housing Management & Development, and an MA in Psychoanalysis.

Lynne Shea, Director of Finance and Resources

Lynne Shea


Lynne Shea joined Gateway's Executive Management Team in January 2017 as Director of Finance and Resources. Lynne is a qualified accountant with over 30 years experience. She has held executive positions in the private and housing association sectors for over 26 years. 

Becky Utuka, Director of Development and Sales

Becky Utuka


Becky Utuka joined Gateway in January 2017 as the Head of Development and was promoted to Acting Director of Development in August 2018. She was named Director of Development and Sales in January 2019. Becky started her career as a Graduate Project Officer 12 years ago. She has extensive experience in development and project management, having worked within the Development teams of a number of Housing Associations including Swan Housing Association, Network Homes and Peabody. Becky has an MSC in Real Estate Development and Investment and a PGDip in Surveying.