Leadership Team

The Leadership Team consists of the Chief Executive (who acts as Chair) and the Directors. Its role is to manage and oversee all operations of the Trust and to ensure that customers are well-served by the projects and services provided by the Trust. The Leadership Team is also accountable for delivering organisational performance against plans and identifying and managing risks in an appropriate way.


Steve White is the Interim Chief Executive of Papworth Trust

Steve is a seasoned senior executive and has many years’ experience at CEO level including roles at The Law Society, University of Southampton and four years at The Hyde Group, a large London-based housing association. He recently spent time as interim CEO at Habinteg Housing while his time at the Hyde Group saw him develop a passion for housing and the role that good quality housing plays in helping some of society’s most vulnerable people live rich and fulfilling lives.

Jacqui Penalver, Transformation Director

Jacqui is the Trust’s Transformation Director, leading our organisation wide change at Papworth Trust.  She has worked in leadership roles in a number of national disability charities including Scope, the Multiple Sclerosis Society and Sense, and her career has included leading on a number of significant corporate programmes. Jacqui has a strong track record in transformation.

Mark Blake, Director of Central Services

Mark is the Director of Central Services which will include Finance, Human Resources, Procurement and Internal Insurance. Mark brings significant national and international experience from the charity and private sectors ranging from Fauna & Flora International to the highways and rail maintenance company Amey PLC. 

Helena Harris, Director of Operations

Helena has been working at Papworth Trust since 1996. She originally trained as a teacher but ran her own business for the majority of her working life prior to joining the Trust. Helena has had a number of jobs within the Trust prior to her role as Director of Operations, including a number of years as Head of Employment.