Gill Arukpe

Gill is an Executive Trustee and Group Chief Executive of the Social Interest Group.

Gill established the Social Interest Group in September 2014, creating a flat governance structure which allows her to oversee Penrose Options, Penrose Works Ltd and Equinox Care (the three founder members of the Social Interest Group). The Social Interest Group’s mission is to work in partnership to deliver high quality health and social care through supporting and rehabilitating at the point of need, wherever that need may be.

Gill started her career by opening and running two women’s refuges when she was just 18 years of age in the early 1980s. Since then, she has volunteered in a number of voluntary organisations and was a Trustee for a variety of offender supported housing, mental health and learning disability services.

She 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.

As a strong leader with vision and strategy, Gill secured a large part in the London CRC for Penrose Options. This contract involves Penrose Options supporting all offenders in the London rehabilitation prisons and 4,000 in the community every year.

Karl Marlowe

Karl Marlowe, Chair of the Social Interest Group Board of Trustees.

Karl Marlowe has been a Consultant Psychiatrist at East London NHS Foundation Trust for 14 years, Clinical Director in Tower Hamlets for 8 years and a Board Member of NHS Barnet CCG for 4 years. He lectures at Queen Mary, University of London (medical school) and City and University of London (nursing school). He completed undergraduate studies at Liverpool Medical School and postgraduate  degrees at UCL, Kings College London and Oxford University.

Karl’s main interests & research have been in schizophrenia, addictions, offenders’ health, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), the development of youth wellbeing services, clinical governance and value-based commissioning. He sees his role as Chair of the Social Interest Group to further develop sustainable partnership working & expertise between providers of health and social care for marginalised populations in England, under the umbrella of a well governed and innovative organisation.

Robert Branagh

Robert is a Non-Executive Trustee of the Social Interest Group and the Chair of Equinox Care, a founder member of the Social Interest Group.

An experienced General Manager who has set up, managed and grown several businesses over the last 20 years, Robert is now setting out on the next stage of his career which revolves around helping others and sharing his knowledge and experience.

Robert owns an executive search and talent management business and acts as a Non-Executive Director for central government and two not for profit organisations, the Pensions Management Institute and the Tavistock Institute. He is also a Trustee and the Chairman to two of the largest UK pensions schemes.

Having led Equinox Care through the transition of joining the Social Interest Group in 2014, Robert says: ‘I believe the Social Interest Group is an exciting venture, whereby the charities and organisations who join keep their individuality and cultures, whilst continuing to grow their business and reduce their back office costs. Having run many organisations in the public and private sector facing pressure on income streams, the Social Interest Group can help organisations concentrate on their core activities, whilst preserving the quality of their services.’

Zelda Peters

Zelda is a Non-Executive Trustee of the Social Interest Group.

Zelda brings clinical governance, oversight support and clinical advice to the Social Interest Group board.

In her career, Zelda works as an independent Project Manager and Transformation Lead, enabling mental health trusts to redesign services for the future.

Zelda is also a highly experienced and successful Managing Director, who has skills and experience at operational and strategic level in health and social care.

With over 30 years’ experience in both clinical and senior operational positions, Zelda has worked with vulnerable people in highly complex environments. This includes working with services which support people with learning disabilities, substance misuse and multiple needs. She has a very successful track record of designing, creating, implementing and delivering services, to ensure operational, financial and clinical performance targets are achieved. She has a proven ability to develop corporate and national sector strategic plans and deliver on key objectives.

In terms of her commitment to the Social Interest Group, Zelda says: ‘I am passionate about continuous service improvement, reducing the stigma of mental health recovery and rehabilitation-focused services, which enable and support people.’

Lindsey Wishart

Lindsey is a Non-Executive Trustee and Treasurer of the Social Interest Group.

Lindsey has been a charity Trustee for the past 15 years.

Before becoming Treasurer of the Social Interest Group, Lindsey was Treasurer of Penrose Options, having been impressed by the very low re-offending rates that they achieve.

Lindsey previously held senior finance positions in London boroughs, specialising in housing and social care.  Lindsey has a CIPFA professional accountancy qualification and is a long standing member of the CIPFA Housing Panel.

She is currently Treasurer (Trustee/Director) of KeyRing, and is on the Board of Advance Housing and Support Ltd.  Both these organisations provide innovative support for vulnerable people, including those with mental illness and learning disabilities.

She is also a Lay Member of Brent Clinical Commissioning Group, where she chairs the Finance, QIPP and Performance Committee and the Primary Co-commissioning Joint Committee.

In her spare time she plays the violin.