Our Senior Team

Gill Arukpe, Group CEO

Gill Arukpe, Group CEO

Gill started her career by opening and running two Women’s Refuges when she was just 18 years of age in the early 80’s. Since then she has volunteered in a number of organisations and has been a Trustee for a variety of offender supported housing and mental health and learning disability services.

Gill 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.

Gill established the Social Interest Group in October 2014. She is the CEO for the Group and created a flat governance structure which allows her to oversee Penrose Options, Penrose Works and Equinox Care, which are the three, current, wholly owned subsidiaries of the Group. The Group’s mission is to ensure that vulnerable people in our society have access to quality support and care.

Gill is a strong leader with a clear vision and a passion for making improvements and developing innovative services so that those that need to use them can truly receive the help and support that will turn their lives around.



Kelly Hallett, Managing Director

Kelly Hallett, Managing Director

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 Options 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 became Director of Penrose Criminal Justice Services to lead the delivery of services in the Transforming Rehabilitation Programme in partnership with MTC Novo and London CRC.  In November 2017 Kelly was appointed Managing Director of Equinox Care.

Kelly has a wealth of experience in designing, delivering and managing multi-geographical services for a broad range of vulnerable people including substance misuse, mental health, criminal justice 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.



Leo Downer, Director of Business Development

Leo Downer, Director of Business Development

Leo has over 25 years experience of working in health, substance misuse, and regional and national crime and drug reduction. He started his health role as a micro-biologist in Great Ormond Street tackling blood borne diseases, later using this hospital experience to coordinate South London’s largest GP prescribing network for substitute opioid to treat heroin users and reduce HIV transmission. Subsequently, he founded a charity in Brixton 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 the Home Office in 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.



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