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. 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 2018/19

Audited Accounts 2017/18

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
Simon Close - Vice Chair - Since 2018
Esther Foreman - Trustee - Since 2017
Rachel Roxburgh - Trustee - Since 2017
Karen Everett - Trustee - Since 2018
James Townsend - Trustee - Since 2018

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.

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.’

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.

Karen is currently the Finance Director for the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts, where she works across 17 grant-making trust and 8 charitable companies. Karen is also the Chair of Governors for Barton Peveril Sixth Form College and a founder Trustee/Director for Dynamic Youth Theatre.

Karen brings to the Board extensive audit, risk, financial management and governance experience from a wide variety of both commercial and not-for-profit environments, and a passionate belief in the importance of social enterprises in successfully tackling some of the most challenging issues of our time.

James Townsend is an entrepreneur who focuses on using technology to unlock people’s potential in new ways. He is a Founder in Zinc’s Mission 2.

James brings over a decade of experience in education, leadership development and charity leadership. James was elected to the General Synod of the Church of England in 2010, and from 2013 to 2018 set up and led the Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership.

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 :

Director of Engagement (maternity cover)
Full time (will consider four days a week) maternity cover. Contract from 1st November 2020 to 1st July 2021., Starting date : 1st November 2020 (ideally with some handover days in October)
More info

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

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