Meet the Team

Offploy prides itself on being a commercially responsible social enterprise. This means that whilst we are a community interest company and our sole purpose is to support people with convictions into employment we will do this with the lowest possible impact to the public purse. Our team ensures our activities continue to be of benefit to both our candidates and society.

Derek Gates

Social Employment Advisor

I officially started working for Offploy 1st of October 2018.


I'm an ex offender who was into selling and taking class A drugs after a serious operation.


I have 2 children one is 22 and the other is 4.


I was introduced to Jacob Hill through Helen Gunn and I then started as a volunteer with Offploy for a few months. My work as a volunteer led to me being invited to a job interview for part time employment, which I was successful in securing. Since meeting Jacob, Offploy has become a massive part of my life. My current work has given me a purpose in life again. I have met my goals and got my life back on track – namely I am now seeing my family again and I have also got my own flat. All of this is because of Offploy and I hope in the future to have a full time job with Offploy so I can continue to help others with criminal convictions to have more opportunities to get their own life back on track. 

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Due to the high volume of calls we receive for candidate support, we ask all people looking for help in finding employment to email us directly so we can assist you quicker. Please send us a message below with your enquiry and a member of our team will get back to you shortly. Thank you.

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