There are many people involved in the running of The Gate, but these are the founders:

john fleetwood photoJohn Fleetwood

John is a founder director of The Gate.  He has been at the forefront of social investment for 20 years, and has set up a mutual society to fund a sustainable forestry project in Bolivia (, an impact investing service ( and is a director of Ethical Money Ltd.  John is a keen adventurer who loves exploring, both on his own and with his son.  He is a member of St. Thomas’ Church Kendal.


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Pete Taylor

Pete is the person who transformed the building from what was Pauline's Casuals to its current state.  He runs his own property development company, Grassgarth Properties.  Pete is also a member of St. Thomas’ Church and has a heart for supporting those with troubles, whether that be ill health, monetary or relationships.