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 2020/21

Audited Accounts 2019/20

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
Rich Taunt - Trustee and Deputy Chair - Since 2021
Esther Foreman - Trustee - Since 2017
Rachel Roxburgh - Trustee - Since 2017
Karen Everett - Trustee - Since 2018
James Townsend - Trustee - Since 2018
Stephen Burns - Trustee - Since 2019
Mayuri Vachhani - Trustee - Since 2019
Kate Swade - Trustee - Since 2021
Robi Sol Elsawey - Trustee - Since 2021

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.

Rich Taunt is a Trustee and Deputy Chair of the House of St Barnabas, and Chair of Events Ltd, our trading subsidiary.

This involves working with Board colleagues to support the organisation to be the best it can be. It builds on Rich’s particular interests in how social enterprises can thrive in competitive industries, and how Boards can support good decision-making.

Alongside his role at the House, Rich is part of Kaleidoscope Health and Care, a social enterprise working with others to build a future which is kind, connected and joyful. Rich is also the Lead-non executive and Chair of the Board at Here, a Sussex-based social enterprise provider of health services with a mission to increase the possibility of care in every moment. 

Rich has spent his career working in health and care, including at the Department of Health, HM Treasury, the Care Quality Commission, and the Health Foundation. He started working life sweeping hair and serving tea-cakes (not normally at the same time).

Rich is passionate about a lot of things but particularly improving how organisations work, understanding why people don’t talk to each other, and the Premier League season of 1995/96.

Rich is married with three children and two cats and lives in south London.

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’.     

As a Strategic Consultant advising charities and companies, Rachel has always worked in the third sector, primarily with Cancer Research UK, building and heading up their phenomenally successful 5km women’s event: Race for Life.  She then moved into more strategic roles to grow and develop new income streams.

She was appointed as the inaugural CEO of Lawrence Dallaglio’s charity Dallaglio RugbyWorks, strategically shifting it from grant giving to having their own service provision with a national employability skills programme working with disengaged young people. Passionate about social mobility she works with business to help implement and active their D&I agendas.

Rachel is also a Trustee of House of St Barnabas, a social enterprise that supports the homeless into work based in Soho.

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.

Stephen is the Executive Director for Care and Communities at Peabody.  He joined Peabody in 1998 and is responsible for Peabody’s care services,  supported housing business and its community foundation. He has previously overseen housing management, development and sales and new business development. Prior to joining Peabody, Stephen worked in  training and employment and was a director of a national training company from 1993 to 1997.

He is also a trustee of other London charitable organisations including Trust for London, Central and Cecil Housing Trust, Islington Giving  and he chairs United St Saviours Charity.

Mayuri has over 20 years’ experience in the restaurant sector and has extensive finance and commercial experience.  She has held a number of finance positions within the restaurant sector, and is currently the Finance Director for a chain of restaurants across London and the south-east. Mayuri is a Chartered Accountant, having trained at KPMG.

Kate is co-director of Shared Assets CIC; a social enterprise think and do tank that reimagines what we can do with land, together.

She has over 15 years’ experience of working with groups of people, charities and social enterprises to create enterprising solutions for the land and buildings around them. Kate is a governance geek and is particularly interested in how good governance can support organisations working in complex systems.

Kate is looking forward to exploring how the House can continue to use its building to further increase its impact.

Robi is the former COO at Movement to Work – the UK’s largest business-led not-for-profit coalition of the UK’s progressive employers. Movement to Work aims to level the playing field for disadvantaged young people by providing quality work experience opportunities leading to employment.

Robi was also previously a strategy consultant focused on all things supply chain, cost reduction and process optimisation.

Her focus is on understanding people, their intentions and building connections.

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 :

Floor Service Team Member
Permanent full time and part time roles available, Starting date : ASAP
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Sous Chef
Full time, permanent, Starting date : ASAP
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Trustee (two positions)
An initial term of three years (with the option of extending for a second three-year term), Starting date : Successful candidates will be appointed to the Board in late September 2022, to commence their term from November
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Independent Non-Executive on our Finance, Audit and Risk Committee
An initial term of three years (with the option of extending for a second three-year term), Starting date : Successful candidates will be appointed to the Board in late September 2022, to commence their term from November
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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