We are fortunate to have such an involved and forward-thinking board of trustees. Their broad and varied experience helps to guide the course we take, ensures we remain true to our values, our charitable aims and objectives and that we use our funds wisely.

Karl Marlowe Chair of the Social Interest Group Board of Trustees

As Chair of the Social Interest Group since April 2017, Karl Marlowe’s role is 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 charitable organisation.

Karl is Chief Medical Officer and Consultant Psychiatrist on the Board at Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust. He was previously Clinical Director for Tower Hamlets at East London NHS Foundation Trust, and a commissioner on the Board at NHS Barnet CCG for 4 years. He has been an academic at Queen Mary, University of London (medical school) and City University of London (nursing school). He completed undergraduate studies at Liverpool Medical School and postgraduate degrees at UCL, King’s 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.

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Stuart Jenkin Vice-chair, Social Interest Group & Trustee & Chair SIG Investments

As vice-chairman, Stuart ensures good governance and financial management within the group and assists the charity in fulfilling its objectives. He is also a Trustee and Chair of the subsidiary Social Interest Group Investments.

Stuart has worked in the property industry for over 45 years and brings this real estate and business experience to the board. He spent approximately 20 years in the City of London working for Abbey Life Assurance Company and Provident Mutual Life Assurance Association. He was then appointed Head of Real Estate at Siemens where he was responsible for over 6 million square feet of premises in the UK. Up until 2017, Stuart spent 20 years at Frogmore, a leading UK property company where he was a member of the Investment Committee. As Director of Fund Management, he was responsible for the creation and formation of three private equity real estate funds. Today Stuart is a Non-Executive Director and Consultant.

Stuart has a BSc. in Estate Management (with Commendation) and is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a member of the Property Investment Forum.

Stuart’s interests are golf, swimming and classical guitar.

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Lindsey Wishart 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.

Lindsey previously held senior finance positions in London boroughs, specialising in housing and social care. Lindsey holds 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 Lindsey plays the violin.

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Gill Arukpe 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).

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 several 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.

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Dylan Kerr Non-Executive Trustee of the Social Interest Group

Dylan Kerr is a nurse prescriber who has worked in mental health and substance misuse treatment for over 15 years in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Dylan has worked in the NHS and charity sector in London, most recently in operational and commercial development roles for substance misuse providers.

He has experience leading hospital alcohol liaison services and community alcohol services. He has also developed digital resources for alcohol and mental health treatment and training purposes including, DrinkCoach and Alcopath.

Dylan currently works as a senior policy manager for the Department of Health and Social Care and with Orbis Media as clinical lead supporting health product development.

He has a diploma in leadership and management and is completing a Masters in health studies at the University of Hertfordshire.

Dylan enjoys playing basketball, squash, and snowboarding but now has two children, so presently just enjoys being a dad.

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Rami Bibi Non-Executive Trustee of the Social Interest Group

Rami works at KKR as a member of the Private Equity team leading their coverage effort for the Business & Consumer Services sector across Europe. Previously, he was part of KKR’s Credit & Markets platform where he focused on generating a range of capital markets and private credit solutions for KKR and 3rd party clients.

Prior to joining KKR, Rami worked at Morgan Stanley across their Leveraged Finance and M&A investment banking teams in London and New York. He is involved with various other non-profit organisations including the London Committee of Human Rights Watch.

Mr. Bibi graduated from Tufts University with degrees in Quantitative Economics, Physics, and History.

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Our 5-member Executive Management Team is based in London and oversees the day-to-day operations of the organisation. The team comprises the Group Chief Executive, the Director of Finance & Resources, the Director of Governance, Quality & Compliance, the Senior Director of Operations and the Director of People and Culture.

Gill Arukpe 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).

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 several 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.

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Cassie Newman Senior Director of Operations

Cassie joined the Social interest Group on December 10th, 2019. She brings with her over 14 years experience in the criminal justice arena having worked as both a front-line Probation Officer and senior leader within London CRC.

At London CRC, Cassie was Head of Interventions, leading their work around women, drugs and alcohol, domestic abuse, education training and employment, mental health, restorative justice, housing, and knife crime.

An active learner, Cassie has a Master’s degree in Public Protection, is currently studying for an MBA at Cass Business School, is a Trustee at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home and has been a school governor at a PRU.

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Michael Rutherford Director of Finance & Resources

Michael joined the Social Interest Group in December 2017, as Director of Finance & Resources. Michael manages the Finance, Information Technology, Procurement and Housing & Repair teams. Michael is also the Company Secretary for the Group and subsidiaries.

With over 20 years working in the commercial and not-for-profit sectors, Michael brings a wealth of experience to the organisation.

He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales. He was also previously a Council member and Chair of the Finance Committee at Dover College, and a non-executive director of Golding Homes.

Michael is married with two children and likes to keep fit and play golf.

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Paul Lynas Director of Governance, Quality & Compliance

Paul has worked in the voluntary sector for over 16 years and has worked with Penrose and Social Interest Group for over 6 years in various roles in the areas of quality and compliance. He gained a broad knowledge of the substance misuse, mental health and homelessness sectors through his work with various organisations in the sector.

Paul is responsible for maintaining our corporate governance, GDPR and compliance with regulators including Companies House, the Charity Commission and CQC.

Paul has a strong commitment to ensuring the Group and its subsidiaries are recognised for their high-quality standards, as well as fostering continuous improvement in our service delivery. He coordinates quality assurance across the organisation, oversees our internal audit team and maintains our ISO 9001 accreditation.

Paul has recently achieved the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health accreditation for managing workplace safety and coordinates our reporting and review of incidents, accidents and near misses.

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Zainah Baker Director of People & Culture

Zainah joined the Social Interest Group (SIG) in May 2019 with over 16 years’ experience within Human Resources. She is extremely passionate about people and holds the belief that HR is really a core business partner for any organisation.

She initially wished to delve into a career within social work, before taking the Human Resources route. It was never far from the heart to be in the health and social care sector where her career kicked off and where she has now returned by joining SIG.

Zainah leads the People and Culture team who help and support the whole group comprising; SIG investments, SIG Equinox, and SIG Penrose. Zainah and her team are responsible for the entire People, Culture, and Development, as well as always providing expert advice across the group.

Zainah has worked within reputable national and global organisations that have taken her across several jurisdictions and remits.

Her expertise spans across all specialisms within human resources including and not limited to:

  • organisational efficiency
  • change management
  • leadership and coaching
  • performance management
  • talent acquisition
  • culture & diversity
  • rewards/compensation and benefits
  • vast and complex ER cases
  • recruitment and manpower
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The senior management team are responsible for maintaining key business functions as well as the day-to-day responsibility of managing their teams.

Adam Moll Director of Criminal Justice and Complex Needs

Adam has spent most of the past decade working in criminal justice in a variety of roles spanning operations, research, policy and business development. His previous employers include the Youth Justice Board, Safe Ground and the Mental Health Foundation, where he published research on dementia in prisons, the first report of its kind in the UK.

A passionate advocate of evidence-based approaches, Adam has participated in a range of cross-sector research projects, including the Ministry of Justice’s Justice Data Lab initiative.

Adam holds a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Pennsylvania and is also the chair of trustees for Playing ON, a small theatre company working in mental health and criminal justice settings.

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Darren Kelso Director of Mental Health, Alcohol & Substance Misuse service

Darren has worked with Penrose from 2012 and therefore the Social Interest Group from its inception. He currently works with a team of 5 senior managers who work across the London and Brighton areas, along with responsibility for gender based systems change which reaches across the entire group.

Darren has followed several career paths, mainly in opportunities which allowed him to lead and develop teams or individuals. He moved into the social care area in 2008 after a series of interactions with people who seemed unable to get support for the difficulties they were facing. This led him to work directly with individuals with enduring mental health and substance misuse issues. He then worked within youth hostels in Luton and as manager of the Temporary Accommodation Support Team. He was part of SIG’s Luton and Bedford management and remained primarily involved in the adoption of the best ways of working along with monitoring of quality and efficiency.

Darren is a member of the South Bedfordshire RSPCA board of trustees and enjoys nothing more than listening to live music, everywhere from a dingy basement venue up to an arena show.

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Greg Tythe Director of Development, Marketing and Communications

Greg joined the group in 2016, as a Business Development Manager working across the Group with a responsibility for Penrose Options. Greg oversees the development of new work, fundraising, marketing and communications.

Greg has worked in the charity sector for 20 years, starting out as a Team Leader for the Prince’s Trust covering Lewisham in 1999. Greg has a passion for volunteering and worked at Volunteering Matters (formerly CSV) for 11 years, bringing volunteers from all around the world together to support vulnerable people within the UK. He took his first Business Development role in 2007, then continued his career in development at Choice Support, writing tenders and building support packages for people with learning disabilities.

In 2017, an opportunity arose for Greg to broaden his understanding of the sector as Head of Services for Penrose, covering mental health services. Greg sees his development of the Penrose Community Links service, which provides individualised support for people with complex needs within their own home or in the community as his greatest achievement at SIG so far. “I absolutely love working within the Group and am very proud of the work we are doing to enhance the lives of the people we support.”

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Colm Keegan Deputy Director, Innovation and Impact

Colm joined the Social Interest Group in 2016 as Business Development Manager for Equinox and is now Head of Innovation, Collaboration and Implementation for the Social Interest Group. Colm’s role is to lead on Service User Involvement and Psychologically Informed Environments (PIE) and work across the Operations and Development Teams to design and develop new service models.

Colm has worked across the NHS and the Voluntary Sector in Substance Misuse and Mental Health Services for over 30 years, working in both Operations and Development. He has a significant track record of implementing new services including IAPT, Community Drug and Alcohol Services and Specialist Services for LGBT communities.

Colm trained as a Psychodynamic Counsellor and Supervisor at WPF London and is a graduate of Cass Business School at City University, London. He has served as Regional Quality Champion for London, working on behalf of the Quality Standards Task Group to promote quality frameworks across the Voluntary Sector. He is passionate about working with service users to deliver services of the highest quality.

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Staff

Our most valuable assets are undoubtedly our team members, without whom we would be unable to provide the high standard of services for which we are known.

We currently employ over 400 staff across London, Luton, Hertfordshire,  Bedfordshire and Brighton, with a range of specialisms including recovery workersmental health support workers and outreach workers.

Recruitment, retention and development of talented staff is crucial to our success, and allows us to deliver improved outcomes for service users across a range of areas.

Our Staff

Natalie

Recovery Worker

I love working at the Solace Centre. I have been a Recovery Worker for over three years and relish every day. I enjoy helping our Service Users resolve life difficulties, prevent crisis and support them to take more responsibility in the choices they make, embracing positive differences in their lives. We have 103 Members at Solace and it is a safe and welcoming community to work in.

Norah

Deputy Service Manager

I feel blessed working with wonderful people at Synergy who have always made me feel that I belong. My colleagues are now like family to me as they lift me up, support me and correct me when I am wrong.

Alex

Deputy Manager

I enjoy my role as Deputy Manager with Penrose because every day is different. My focus is to end the cycle of homelessness and build stability for individuals; by providing supported accommodation, with dedicated key workers, to give residents the opportunity to receive holistic support to overcome barriers and enable future independent living.

Marcia

Recovery Worker

It is very satisfying working for the company. I am using all my skills and this service has a great manager and team.

Giuseppe

Complex Needs Recovery Worker

My work with Penrose has been somewhat of a personal journey. A family member was affected by mental health issues, so I learnt about the issue through experience with them. Working here has been very fulfilling. I believe everyone should be given a second change in life and I believe that is what we do. Give people the chance to start over.

Michael

Service manager

My team is committed, dedicated and in particular sets the standard in delivering a person-centred service that represents the SIG core values of ambition, empowerment, transparency and inclusivity. My journey in SIG has been extremely fulfilling and I have received support and been empowered to grow into the position I am in.

Jose

Service manager

I came into the service at a time of uncertainty when the contract was up for tender. Luckily Penrose won it and my career has grown from strength to strength in the company. The satisfaction I get from creating a positive impact in the lives of people is immeasurable. Helping people who are motivated to turn their lives around gives me great satisfaction. For those not yet motivated to change, helping them to explore what their lives can look like is equally satisfying.

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