Our 3-member Executive Management Team is based in London and oversee the day-to-day operations of the organization. The Management includes; the Group Chief Executive,  Director of Finances & Resources, and  Director of Governance.

Gill Arukpe

Group Chief Executive

As the Group Chief Executive, Gill founded the Social Interest Group in 2014. The Group supports over 11,000 people a year in areas of resettlement, rehabilitation, social and mental health care and support.

Gill has led successful health and social care services for over 35 years. Her dedication to the sector stems from her own experience of homelessness in the late 70’s.

She is an expert at strategic planning, service development and risk management in social and health care and working within the criminal justice world.

Gill has developed flagship services working with treatment resistant street drinkers, women who are sexually exploited and adults who have failed in other services as their needs were deemed to be too complex and chaotic because of their mental health or personality disorder.

Gill took a brave step into the world of probation by taking part in the London CRC. The learning from which is enabling her to work with her team to develop offender services, ensuring excellent employment opportunities and support is available for offenders leaving prison who need support with rehabilitation.

She is passionate in her resolve to encourage experts by experience, to be leaders within the development of the services within the Group.

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, People & Culture, Procurement and Housing & Repair teams.

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

Michael 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 exec-director of Golding Homes.

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

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 involving 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.

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

Paul has a strong commitment to ensuring the Group and its subsidiaries are recognised for their high quality standards, as well as continuous improvement in our service delivery. He co-ordinates 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 work place safety and co-ordinates our reporting and review of incidents, accidents and near misses.

Cassie Newman

Senior Director of operations

Cassie joined the Social interest Group on December 10th, 2019.

Cassie has 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.