Bob and Sam’s story

After several careers, from being a butcher, to radar operator in the RAF, to working for Ford Motor Company, Bob Cowie’s interest in advocacy and supporting people drew him to a job with St Mungo’s in 1993, first at our Endell Street hostel in Camden and later at nearby Southampton Row.

Bob is remembered by staff for his compassion, support and leadership, and an ability to bring laughter and positivity into a project. He earned a reputation for working with some of our most marginalised and vulnerable clients and is still remembered for creating an ethos where even those with the most complex needs were given a second chance.

His daughter Sam, now Head of Criminal Justice at St Mungo’s, shares her memories of her dad and how this motivated her own career, in conversation with Rebecca Sycamore, Executive Director of Development. This is their story.

Our 50 year history is filled with some extraordinary people. To mark our anniversary, we will be profiling 50 Lives throughout 2019 – a snapshot of those who have played their part in our story. You can read the stories on our website at