Penny has always worked or volunteered in the charity sector. She started her career at the Association of Charity Shops (now the Charity Retail Association) and Barnet Voluntary Service Council, where she gained an understanding of and a passion for the unsung impact of smaller charities.
She was Head of Community Affairs at the University of Cambridge for several years, establishing partnerships with Cambridge charities, overseeing large community events and promoting volunteering by university students and staff.
She was then Director of Partnerships at The Brilliant Club, and CEO of Styleability, before she became CEO of Getting on Board.
Penny has been a trustee of several charities and is currently a trustee of the National Migraine Centre.