Shock sudden death of CEO Steve Douglas CBE

It is with deep shock and sadness that St Mungo’s announces the sudden death of its CEO Steve Douglas CBE.

Steve passed away suddenly at his home on Sunday morning, 8 May. The 57 year old leaves four children, his partner, as well as his mother, sister and wider family. Our deep condolences are with all his family and friends at this incredibly difficult time.

Steve joined St Mungo’s as our Chief Executive on 1 July, 2020, and had a career spanning more than 25 years in the housing sector. He was a driving force for change within the charity and was a lead stakeholder in the formation of the Kerslake Commission designed to achieve long term benefits and policy change to support those experiencing homelessness and rough sleeping.

Joanna Killian, chair of the board of trustees said: “We are all very saddened to learn of Steve’s untimely death and our thoughts are with his family and loved ones at this incredibly difficult time. He had worked tirelessly in the housing and homelessness sector for many years and was deeply committed to St Mungo’s in the short time he had been working with us.”

Steve was awarded a CBE in the 2019 Queen’s honours list for services to housing and had been committed to driving positive change within the organisation and was particularly committed to diversity and inclusion improvements. Prior to joining St Mungo’s he was Group Chief Executive of Altair, a housing and regeneration consultancy group advising housing associations as well as central, regional and local government.

You can read more about his previous roles here.

The funeral will take place on Monday 23 May for close friends and family. Details of the further memorial service will follow at a later date.

In recognition of his passion for housing and dedication to our organisation, a memorial fundraiser has been set up, in lieu of flowers. If you would like to contribute, please visit:

If you wish to send a condolence card to be passed on to his family, they can be sent to: Family of Steve Douglas, St Mungo’s, 3 Thomas More Square, Tower Hill, London E1W 1YW

Rebecca Sycamore, St Mungo’s current Executive Director of Strategy and Development, will become the interim Chief Executive for St Mungo’s while considerations are made.