Gill Arukpe

Gill is Group Chief Executive and an Executive Trustee 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.

Martin Dalby

Martin is Deputy Group Chief Executive Officer, Company Secretary and an Executive Trustee of the Social Interest Group.

Martin was instrumental in the inception, development and registration of the Social Interest Group and has been recognised for his innovative work with a Sayer Vincent financial leadership award.

As an experienced Finance Director in housing and construction in the commercial sector, Martin made the natural move to the social housing sector in 2003 by taking a non-executive role with Sutherland HA, part of Genesis where he was also on the audit and risk committee.

His permanent roles as Director of Finance have been with Servite Houses, The Abbeyfield Society, and Central & Cecil Housing Trust.  In all these organisations, he has restructured the finance & accounts and IT departments, implemented new software systems, and renegotiated bank loans.

His role with Penrose Options, as Director of Business and Finance, drew upon his wide business and financial experience in both the commercial and charity sectors.

With this experience, Martin was a natural fit into the role of Deputy Group Chief Executive and Company Secretary of the Social Interest Group, as well as his responsibilities as an Executive Trustee.

About his work at the Social Interest Group, Martin says: ‘I have immense fun at the Social Interest Group because I have the freedom to innovate. It’s immensely satisfying to develop ideas and see them through to fruition. The Social Interest Group is an incredibly dynamic and forward-thinking organisation, with many opportunities for growth.’

Antony Miller

Antony Miller is the Managing Director for Penrose Options, one of the founder members of the Social Interest Group.

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.

Leo Downer

Leo Downer is the Director for Business Development the Social Interest Group

Leo brings to Equinox Care and the Social Interest Group over 25 years 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.

 

Kelly Hallett

Kelly is Managing Director of Criminal Justice Services for Penrose Options and Equinox Care, the founder members of the Social Interest Group.

Kelly has worked at a senior level across a range of custodial and community social care settings having 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. In 2015 Kelly moved to the Director of Criminal Justice Services role to lead the delivery of services in the Transforming Rehabilitation Programme in partnership with MTC Novo and London CRC.

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. She demonstrates strong leadership and has a very successful track record of continual improvement of operational and quality standards, service outcomes, social enterprise, generating new income and value for money.