Our social enterprise members’ club and Employment Academy exist to break the cycle of homelessness.

Our approach is driven by our mission; to create the strongest community of people who are invested in creating a fair and equal society, and a future where lasting work is a reality for people affected by homelessness.

We recognise that gaining and maintaining paid work is instrumental to independence and security, and that in a society where there is so much disconnect it is important to have an environment where people feel connected. Working together is the key to progression which is why we embrace the support and collaboration of our members and partners in all that we do.

Our Employment Academy and our private members’ club have a symbiotic relationship. Together they create a unique magic, and a home from home for our members, participants and graduates alike.

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

Our club offers a haven in the heart of Soho and a connected community of people from diverse experiences and expertise, who have come together around a shared ideal of creating a fairer, better society. (As well as a love of our unique space, great cocktails, and eclectic members’ events!)

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
  • 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 2016/17

Audited Accounts 2015/16

Audited Accounts 2014/15

Audited Accounts 2013/14

Audited Accounts 2012/13


Jenny Watson - Chair - Since 2018
Warren Colquitt - Treasurer - Since 2013
Nigel Wright - Trustee - Since 2011
Kevin Arnold - Trustee - Since 2012
Frances Mapstone - Trustee - Since 2013
Esther Foreman - Trustee - Since 2017
Rachel Roxburgh - Trustee - Since 2017
Simon Close - Trustee - Since 2017

Jenny Watson CBE is currently a Non-Executive Director at the Financial Ombudsman Service, a governor of Mossbourne Parkside Academy, and Chair of the Independent Complaints Panel at the Portman Group.

Previously she served two terms as Chair of the Electoral Commission, between 2009 and 2016, and acted as Chief Counting Officer for the EU referendum. Until the summer of 2017 she was Vice Chair of Money Advice Trust, a leading debt advice charity.

Jenny started her career in the not-for-profit sector, has served as a trustee, committee member or non-executive director on many Boards, and has twice run her own business.

She brings to the Board extensive experience of governance and strategy, a passion for giving people the ability to shape their own lives, a love of arts and culture and a knowledge of the not-for-profit and social enterprise sector.

Warren Colquitt is the Finance Director of Cg Restaurants and Matt Roberts Personal Training. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in 1988/9 and thereafter spent several years in the consultancy practice advising clients in various sectors including retail, insurance and manufacturing on aspects of strategy, financial management and business planning/turnaround. He also advised for several years on the East London panel of the Princes Trust

Subsequently he has spent the majority of his career as finance director of businesses in the concrete, distribution and hospitality industries.

Nigel has over 40years experience in retail financial services and payments and is Owner/Director of an established interim management company specialising in delivering transformational change. His career began in building societies; thereafter he undertook various senior roles in banking culminating in running the company behind the UK Cash Machine Network (LINK)

He has served as director of Care Plus Ltd, Woolwich Pension Fund Trust, Funds Transfer Ltd and was Deputy Chairman of LINK for 4 years helping lead the creation of the UK national ATM network. Nigel is also an active ambassador for the Pennies Foundation having been one of the original team that created “Pennies – the electronic charity box” a pioneering, multi-award winning Fintech charity that is raising £millions every year for good causes.

Equity Partner from Gardiner and Theobald.

Kevin has worked on commercial office development, retail and residential projects since 1988 for various business park developments, city centre major projects and urban regeneration campuses for multi-national corporates and private clients both in the UK and Europe. He is a past Board Member of the British Council of Offices and a board director of the charity, The Chartered Surveyors Training Trust.

Charity and Housing Sector Consultant

Whilst at Westminster City Council, as Director of Housing, Frances led on all aspects of housing needs and supply and community regeneration, whilst at the GLA (Greater London Authority) as Head of Social Inclusion and Health, she led on the development and implementation of Mayoral strategies to tackle poverty, worklessness and health inequalities, and to promote refugee integration.

From 2008 till 2010, Frances was Chief Executive of a small, effective and well regarded charity Off the Streets and into Work.  

Since then she has been a freelance housing and social policy consultants. Her roles include supporting the Mayor’s Housing Investment Taskforce and drafting their final report on how to use publicly owned land to create more social housing, as well as undertaking specific consultancy projects for Central and Cecil Housing Trust and the House of St Barnabas.  More recently Frances has led on the development and implementation of a pan London gang exit programme, Safe and Secure and has just completed an interim appointment as Areas Director in the government’s Troubled Families Unit.

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’.     

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.

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.’

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.


Current job openings at The House of St Barnabas :

Employment Support Officer
Permanent Full-time, Starting date : ASAP
More info

There are two main ways your organisation can support our work.

Corporate Partnership packages: if your organisation would like to sponsor one or more people through our Employment Programme, we offer Corporate Partnership packages starting at £5,000, with benefits including membership and discounted venue hire.

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

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



Thank you to the following trusts, foundations, companies and major donors who have supported The House of St Barnabas in 2018.

  • Adobe Foundation
  • Bain and Gray
  • Balance Me
  • Bauer Media Group
  • Block 9
  • Bowers & Wilkins
  • City & Guilds
  • Comic Relief
  • Cooks Charity
  • Debrett's
  • Dixons Carphone
  • Dramatic Resources
  • East West Connect
  • Event Concept
  • Finery
  • Gallery Support Group
  • HACT
  • Hale Architecture
  • Holtby Turner
  • Jubilee Hall Trust
  • L&S Printing
  • London College of Fashion
  • M&C Saatchi
  • Maurice Wohl Foundation
  • NCVO
  • One Housing Group
  • Peabody
  • Shaftesbury
  • Sipsmith
  • Sir John Cass's Foundation
  • Soho Housing
  • Stag & Hare
  • Stanley Foundation
  • Street Smart
  • Superbrands
  • Telefonica
  • The Dr. Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation
  • The Ettedgui Charitable Foundation
  • The Gild
  • The Leathersellers’ Company Charitable Fund
  • The Maurice Wohl Foundation
  • The Ofenheim Charitable Trust
  • The Philosophy Foundation
  • The Savoy Educational Trust
  • The Timothy Franey Charitable Foundation
  • Virgin Media
  • Walpole
  • Wates Group

…and all our wonderful members.

Click here to see all of our supporters since 2012

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

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