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Janet Hughes

Director / Training / Growing

Jan is one of our co-founders and has worked with adults with learning disabilities for most of her adult life, including managing the horticulture and craft departments at Midstream in Skelmersdale. Jan is the gardener n the team and brings this expertise to North Park Community Garden, however her passion is people and seeing them grow and blossom. Jan lives in Bootle a short walk away from North Park Community Garden and as a local resident wants to see the town grow and prosper.


Ally McGregor

Chair / Director / Compliance /Health and Safety

Ally came onto the board of the Gateway Collective in early 2019. Since leaving university after qualifying in Business and Finance she worked on employability and volunteer programmes in Liverpool. Whilst living abroad she worked on the development of localised community programmes and returned to Liverpool in  Liverpool in 2010 and now works in her family Health and Safety business, MSC Safety and Welfare Consultants. Ally brings a wealth of expertise around compliance and  health and safety to the organisation and has helped us to grow and develop strong systems and structures


Ali Horton

Director / Operations / Community

Ali is one of the co-founders of the Gateway Collective. Ali has worked in the youth and community field since leaving university in 1998 and has worked in Bootle in both paid and voluntary roles for over 20 years. From 2012-2019 Ali managed her role in the Gateway Collective alongside her role as Operations Manager in Ykids children's charity. Ali focuses on the operational side of our work as well as delivering on our partnership with local charity Regenerus in the form of the 'Taking Root in Bootle' contract.