Gill Arukpe, Group CEO
Gill started her career by opening and running two Women’s Refuges when she was just 18 years of age in the early 80’s. Since then she has volunteered in a number of organisations and was a Trustee for a variety of offender supported housing and mental health and learning disability services.
Gill worked for Shelter in a variety of roles over 13 years including development and senior management. She then worked for a registered housing association where she was Director of Operations and Development. She moved on to be a Director of Business Development for Turning Point and specialised in developing and providing substance misuse, mental health and learning disabilities services for vulnerable adults.
Gill established the Social Interest Group in October 2014. She is the CEO for the Group and created a flat governance structure which allows her to oversee Penrose Options, Penrose Works and Equinox Care, which are the three, current, wholly owned subsidiaries of the Group. The Group’s mission is to ensure that vulnerable people in our society have access to quality support and care.
As a strong leader with vision and strategy Gill has just secured a large part for Penrose Options in the London CRC. This will enable Penrose Options to support ALL offenders in the London Rehabilitation Prisons and 4,000 in the community every year.
Gill is a strong leader with a clear vision and a passion for making improvements and innovative services so that those that need to use them can truly receive the help and support that will turn their lives around!