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.

Stuart Jenkin

Vice Chair, Social Interest Group

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.

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.’

Craig Brown

Craig is a Non-Executive Trustee 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.”

Additional board members

We are currently recruiting for new members to join our board.  For details, including a role descripton & details of our recruitment process, please contact Paul Lynas on 020 3668 9270 or email paul.lynas@socialinterestgroup.org.uk