We are a London charity pledging to break the cycle of homelessness.

Our approach is driven by our social purpose to create a future where lasting employment is a reality for those affected by homelessness.

We recognise that gaining and maintaining paid work is instrumental to independence and security.

We run an Employment Academy that’s fully integrated into our social business, a not-for-profit members’ club.

The academy offers 360° support, providing accredited qualifications from City & Guilds, work experience in a vibrant business, real job opportunities and mentoring.

Most vital to our impact and to the lasting success of our graduates is our ongoing assistance and focus on work and wage progression.

The work being done here is of a unique and particular nature. I am inordinately proud to be associated with such a life-affirming establishment.

Brian Cox, Founding Member

Our story



We are governed by a Board of Trustees that meets five times a year. Our trustees are responsible for control and to guarantee that:

  • The charity is efficient, effective and achieving the best possible impact
  • The assets are safeguarded
  • Proper records are kept and public information is reliable. Read our Privacy Policy here
  • The charity complies with relevant laws and regulations

A wholly owned trading subsidiary of the charity (Events Ltd.) operates our not-for-profit members’ club.

Registered Charity Number 207242.

Audited Accounts 2017/18

Audited Accounts 2016/17

Audited Accounts 2015/16

Audited Accounts 2014/15

Audited Accounts 2013/14

Audited Accounts 2012/13

David Evans - Chairman - Since 2008
Christine Hancock - Trustee - Since 2008
Esther Foreman - Trustee - Since 2017
Simon Close - Trustee - Since 2017
Rachel Roxburgh - Trustee - Since 2017

As a founding partner of the Berkeley Partnership, David Evans brings his very extensive business experience to the House.  He has worked with management teams in a range of major businesses, tackling their most complex and critical challenges.  He has helped to shape and lead the redevelopment by Marks &  Spencer of their Foods business;  the creation of the National Lottery Charities Board (forerunner of the Big Lottery Fund), at the time the largest grant-making body in the world;  the comprehensive transformation of Liffe, one of the City of London’s principal financial exchanges, from open-outcry to screen-based trading;  and the creation by BP of their trading division, a very significant contributor to this multi-national’s global profitability. 

In addition he has worked with a very large number of smaller organisations, across all sectors, helping them to shape and deliver major programmes of change.  Before his retirement he spent 17 years building Berkeley into one of the highest quality and most successful management consultancy businesses in the UK.

Christine Hancock is director of C3 Collaborating for Health, a global charity working with diverse stakeholders to focus on the 3 risk factors: tobacco, poor diet and lack of physical activity which cause the 4 major chronic diseases: cardiovascular, diabetes, chronic lung disease and many cancers which are responsible for most premature deaths and disability, particularly in the poorest people in all countries. She is an experienced nurse and health service manager, was a Ward Sister at London’s National Heart Hospital, CEO of Waltham Forest’s health service, General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing and then President of the International Council of Nurses.

Esther has over 15 years experience working in the not for profit, social enterprise and technology sectors, primarily with a focus on external affairs, campaigning, policy, research and public affairs. She runs the The Social Change Agency, a BCorp consultancy dedicated to creating social change through movement building, networks and crowdfunding. A Londoner through and through, she is passionate about social justice, housing and homelessness and community development. She is a 2011 Clore Fellow, a 2013 Winston Churchill Fellow and a Fellow of St George’s, Windsor Castle. She is also a trustee of the MS Society. 

‘I am honoured to be able to serve The House of St Barnabas as a trustee. I have been a founding member since 2011 and have witnesses the hard work and social impact the team and the members have undertaken to not only tackle homelessness but redefine the boundary of what is possible when you mix business, art, heritage and charity together to make change’.     

Simon Close has over 25 years of management consultancy experience helping organisations to define business growth and operational strategies, to shape and deliver large-scale business transformation programmes, and by performing operational and programme reviews and turnarounds.  On occasion, he has under taken interim director roles for his clients.

He joined The Berkeley Partnership from Andersen Consulting in 1997 and became a partner in 2000. During his time at Berkeley, Simon has worked with senior executives from across a range of different industries in the private, public and third sector including: Amey, Barclays, the Bank of England, BP, the Financial Conduct Authority, HSBC, LIFFE, Lloyd’s of London, the NHS and Xerox.

Simon is also a qualified business coach and works with business leaders and leadership teams to support them in improving their performance.

‘My links to the House date back to the late 1990’s when my company regularly hosted corporate events there. I have stayed in touch ever since through colleagues, friends and family who have volunteered at the House. As a founding member of the Club, I very proud to now have been asked to become a trustee. I hope my consulting and coaching skills will help us to continue the success as we shape and deliver an exciting future for the physical building, the Club and, most importantly, the Employment Academy.‘

With more than 25 years’ experience in the third sector, Rachel is recognised for transforming brands, events and service delivery. At Cancer Research UK she developed the successful Race for Life series, taking it to the £60m. She then moved on to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award as Director of Fundraising, helping them to change how they worked with business.

Currently the first CEO of Lawrence Dallaglio’s charity, Dallaglio RugbyWorks, Rachel has built on Lawrence’s passion to create a national programme for teenagers who have been permanently excluded from mainstream education. Working in over 40 Alternative Provision schools, RugbyWorks helps young people move into sustained education and employment, using a unique mix of rugby coaching, in-class teaching and employment skills training.

Patron HRH Princess Alexandra
Visitor The Bishop of London
Rev. Adam Scott - Member
David Monro - Ongoing as Family Member

The Revd Dr Adam Scott OBE TD CEng, FIET is in the fifth generation of Dr Henry Monro’s family to be involved in nurturing the charity since Henry was involved in its foundation in 1846 and in nurturing it into its fifth decade.

Jurist, engineer, economist and Anglican priest for forty years, Adam works locally in Bloomsbury Square training judges at the Competition Appeal Tribunal. He has been involved with charities all his adult life and he is an officiating chaplain to the military. Adam chairs our building committee and looks after the Chapel of St Barnabas.

David is also a descendant of Dr Henry Monro, David was senior partner at Monro Fisher Wasbrough solicitors. In 1999 David – following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather before him – became a Senior Partner of Monro Pennefather & Co. He then merged the firm of Monro Fisher Wasbrough. David retired as a partner and became a consultant to Monro Wright & Wasbrough LLP in 2012.
Membership Development Executive


Current job openings at The House of St Barnabas :

Employment Support Officer
Details Here: https://bit.ly/2ubuxA7, Starting date : As soon as possible
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Employment Support Officer
Details Here: https://bit.ly/2ubuxA7, Starting date : ASAP
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Companies can support our work in two ways.

Corporate donations: if your organisation would like to make a donation of any size to the work of The House of St Barnabas Employment Academy, please get in touch to discuss this.

Employment partner: if you are a good employer, paying London Living Wage and would like to employ our Employment Academy graduates, please get in touch.

If you’d like to support our work in any other way, do let us know. We’re open to ideas!



If your company or organisation wishes to support the work of The House of St Barnabas please email contact@hosb.org.uk

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