Our People

We have a diverse team with background of board roles in the corporate environment, non-executive directorships and blue-chip management consultancy.

Our People

Meet The Team

Kingsgate’s team has a valuable combination of breadth and depth – real life know-how backed by first class intellectual and analytical capability. We have strong relationships with other specialists whose skills complement our own.

Steve Swayne

Steve Swayne – Chairperson

Steve is the founder and Chair of Kingsgate, which has been delivering successful change for organisations in difficult and challenged situations for over 20 years. He is the previous Chairperson of The Institute for Turnaround and regularly contributes to thought leadership in the industry.

Steve has a successful turnaround track record at CEO/MD level in listed companies, privately owned enterprises and in the public sector.  He has strong sector knowledge in health and social care, technology, distribution and logistics.

“Turnaround and transformation is about doing difficult things in a decent way. In the private sector that means saving jobs and businesses, while in the NHS it means improving healthcare outcomes and efficiency.”


Kelly Jones

Kelly Jones – Turnaround & Transformation Director

Leading Kingsgate’s private sector team, Kelly has proven experience in delivering a wide range of turnaround and transformation programmes, including CEO and CRO roles in Manufacturing, FMCG and Education sectors.

Kelly has worked with blue chip and privately-owned businesses whilst living in the USA, China and UK and is an accredited member of The Institute for Turnaround (IFT). By working in a very pragmatic and hands-on way, Kelly brings significant, positive change in challenging situations.

“My approach is very adaptable and very human. Every situation and every client is different so we don’t make people work to our process, we work to their situation.”



Gary Owens – Transformation Director

Gary leads the public sector business at Kingsgate, working with the NHS, social care organisations and councils. He has twenty years of healthcare sector experience and working in the NHS, in both hospitals and health systems to successfully deliver significant cost improvement and transformation programmes.  

“I enjoy working with talented people with the ultimate goal of improving services; in an NHS context that means delivering better patient care for the population.”  

Gary has vast experience in operational transformation and leading multi-disciplinary teams to make measurable and sustainable improvements to services. 


Ali White

Ali White – Associate Director

Ali is an experienced project manager with exceptional analytical and change management skills and works across Kingsgate’s private and public sector teams. Ali blends her financial and operational skills to drive change and support growth. 

“I enjoy creating progress for clients and solving problems so that they see a positive outcome. Empathy and understanding is important in working with clients to design sustainable turnaround solutions.”  

Ali is a qualified agile and prince 2 project manager, graduate of the IFT Academy, an Associate Member of the IFT and is currently studying with CIMA to become a qualified Management Accountant. 


Mark Gammage – Management, Board & Leadership Development

A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Mark has provided HR solutions to numerous NHS and public sector organisations. He has first hand experience of working as an interim having worked as an interim Director of HR for large teaching hospitals, acute trusts and PCTs.

As a substantive Director of HR in two separate NHS Trusts, most latterly a London-based FT, he has real senior and hands on experience, with the ability to hit the ground running in terms of HR matters and organisational design. He understands the health sector in depth, having additionally held the position of relationship Director for North London at NHS London.

Mark is Managing Director at Dearden, which partners with Kingsgate on a regular basis.


Sue Lewis – Transformation Consultant

Sue has many years’ experience working in the NHS, including 20 years at Board level in roles including Chief Operating Officer; Director of Nursing and Acting Chief Executive. She has worked primarily in hospitals, but also has worked in the community and for a charity. She has a great track record of successfully achieving standards including financial, operational and quality. She retains her nurse registration and her clinical background allows her to work well with doctors and other clinicians.

She has a significant background in redesign, change and transformation for successful financial, operational and clinical quality improvements and efficiencies. Sue has spent 2 years working as ‘Improvement Director’ for NHSI in Trusts which had been put into ‘Special Measures’.


Peter Trethewy – Transformation Consultant

Peter has had a long and successful NHS career, having held positions at Deputy and Chief Operating Officer level.

He has extensive management experience with a proven track record of delivery, performance management and service redesign. Peter has also led on contract negotiations as part of the annual planning round and in the development of service strategy. Most recently he has worked with a client in Essex, leading on service transformation. Peter has worked with Kingsgate over a number of years, collaborating on a range of transformation programmes.


Robin Noble – Transformation Consultant

Robin is a Management Consultant with 25 years’ experience working in public sector, particularly health and local government. He has successfully delivered financial recovery and business transformation programmes at Barnet and Chase Farm NHS Trust, Southend University Hospital, and London North West Hospitals NHS Trust, and Croydon health system.

Previously, Robin was responsible overseeing planning and delivery of large-scale technology transformation programmes in local government, health, leisure and membership organisations.


We have held positions in our clients’ organisations, including Chief Executive, Chief Restructuring Officer, Chairman, Turnaround Director, Chief Operating Officer, Non-Executive Director


Diversity & Inclusion

As a professional services firm, Kingsgate is committed to fostering an inclusive workplace culture that attracts and retains people from a diverse background. At the core of our growth strategy is inclusivity and we are committed to creating a supportive workplace to encourage and enable our talent to express themselves and share their ideas and be responsible for their impact on others.   We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer where everyone is encouraged to develop and attain both personal and professional success as we recognise the positive impact this has on our internal culture and therefore with our clients.

We are committed in continuing our efforts in creating an environment where diversity thrives and is equally as important as delivering exceptional work for our clients.

A recent audit demonstrated our commitment to supporting diversity with 54% of the Kingsgate workforce being women, of which 25% hold senior positions within the company. Also, together with our sister company Dearden HR, our combined workforce represents 12.5% of the BAME talent.

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We have an experienced team who have worked at Chief Executive, Chief Restructuring Officer, Chairman, Turnaround Director, Chief Operating Officer and Non-Executive Director level