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!
Antony Miller, Managing Director
Antony leads the delivery of our social care and recovery services for people who have multiple needs ranging from forensic mental health, personality disorders, people affected by homelessness and those who are being sexually exploited. He is driven by a belief that, given the right support, “everyone deserve a chance at a positive life”. In the past 12 months he has overseen the delivery of support to over 2000 people across London and the South East through our residential community based and floating support services.
Antony has a strong commercial foundation built on an excellent track record of delivering Health and Social Care services on government Welfare-to-Work contracts and within a PBR (payment by results) framework. Antony is a dynamic leader and entrepreneurial provider of social and health care services, with a 15 year plus record of achievement and success. He offers a keen business perspective within a changing economic and commissioning landscape, where his tenacity and change management skills support growth and service user integration.
Kelly Hallett, Managing Director, Criminal Justice Service
Kelly is responsible for the operational management, delivery and performance of all Penrose Criminal Justice Rehabilitation Services. This includes the on-going development and improvement of existing Penrose services, the implementation of new services, relationship management across service area’s and promoting Service User involvement and inclusion at all levels of the business.
Kelly has a wealth of experience in designing, delivering and managing multi-geographical services for a broad range of vulnerable people including criminal justice, substance misuse, mental health and offender services. Kelly is able to demonstrate a very successful track record of continual improvement of operational and quality standards, service outcomes, social enterprise, generating new income and value for money.
Kelly has worked at a senior level across a range of custodial and community social care settings. Kelly started her career working in prison substance misuse services progressing to managing drug services across all East of England prisons. Kelly then worked at Turning Point as Assistant Director of Substance Misuse Services responsible for some 30 services. From there Kelly joined Penrose working first in Business Development before moving to a Director of Operations role responsible for the organisations Mental Health, Offender and generic support services. Early in 2015 Kelly moved to the Director of CJS role to lead the organisations mobilisation and operational delivery of services in the Transforming Rehabilitation Programme in partnership with MTC Novo and London CRC. She was recently appointed Managing Director of the service.
Leo Downer, Director of Business Development
Leo has over 25 years experience of working in health, substance misuse, and regional and national crime and drug reduction. He has experience of tackling blood borne diseases in Great Ormond Street Hospital, then using this hospital experience to coordinate south London’s largest GP prescribing network for substitute opioid to reduce HIV transmission. Subsequently, he founded a charity to tackle crack cocaine use, then joined commissioning teams across south London to reduce the health and crime impacts of primary heroin and crack cocaine use.
Leo went on to join Government Office for London where he negotiated rewards with London local authority commissioners to drive improvement in health, mental health, community safety and social care; he then transferred to Home Office HQ to deliver its stronger and safer communities programmes, tackling drugs, crime and terrorism nationally. Leo left the Home Office and returned to the voluntary sector, joining Equinox Care in 2013, one of the founding members of the Social Interest Group.
Craig has worked as a clinician in the NHS for over twenty years, specialising in critical care. He manages several teams and services within the NHS and more recently joined the Academic Health Science Networks. This involves supporting Trusts, Commissioners and Local Authorities to develop projects that will impact the lives of patients across North West London.
He has been involved with both the charitable and voluntary sector for a number years, working as a volunteer within an HIV charity and as a Samaritan for five years.
“The desire to support people when they are vulnerable and alongside people who care about them has been central to my values for as long as I remember, which is why I am privileged to work with Penrose. During my time so far as a Trustee I have met some wonderful staff at Penrose, all of whom care passionately about the work they do. As a Trustee on the Board I am interested in how I can support you to capture and share that impact with other organisations and commissioning agencies.”
Carol brings a wealth of experience to the Penrose board and holds a CIPD in People Management and Development. She is also a HCPC registered Social Worker and is a specialist advisor for CQC. Carol has worked in social care for over 20 years with both adults and children and in workforce development and organisational development for a number London Boroughs. Carol also works with several companies that specialise in event management, fundraising, policy development, coaching, mentoring and public speaking.
In addition to running two of her own companies, Chinara Enterprises Ltd and Chinara Events CIC she also runs The Reflective Practice Network, is Chair of an African and Caribbean charity and a Trustee for Medway Youth Trust.
Additional board members
We are currently recruiting for new members to join our board. For details, including a role description & details of our recruitment process please contact Jenny Warner on 020 7998 8888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org