Steve Douglas, CBE, 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.
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. Prior to that he held Director and Chief Executive positions in a number of housing related roles, which also included funding provision of homelessness services. He was Chief Executive of the Housing Corporation and Corporate Director of Neighbourhoods and Regeneration for the London Borough of Hackney which included responsibilities in relation to homelessness and temporary accommodation. Steve was also Chair of One Housing Group, who run Arlington, the homeless centre in Camden.
He led or supported many initiatives and activities including:
First Chief Executive role at Spitalfields community based HA – based in East London
Chief Executive of ASRA between 1996-2001 – a registered housing association, specialising in homes and services for Asian communities in London
Overseeing £8.4bn investment programme, delivering 155,000 homes whilst Chief Executive at the Housing Corporation and regulating England’s 1,500 housing associations
Vice Chair and Board Member at Amicus Horizon and then Optivo Housing Group for nine years
Executive Regeneration Director at LB Hackney in run up to Olympics 2012
One of four founding Partners at Altair, the leading housing and regeneration consultancy
Working closely with L&Q, Optivo and the BME London to set up the Leadership 2025 initiative – with the purpose of empowering senior BME professionals to become leaders of the future
Steve was awarded a CBE in the 2019 Queen’s honours list for services to housing.
Rebecca Sycamore is the Executive Director of Strategy and Development.
Rebecca has worked in homelessness throughout her career. As a student she volunteered in women’s crisis centres. Her first role in homelessness was at St Mungo’s over 20 years ago when she was a Supported Housing Officer working in a supported housing project for people experiencing poor mental health in Westminster. She was a specialist social worker, helping homeless people experiencing mental health problems for the London Borough of Ealing and went on to hold positions with Crisis before moving to Homeless Link, where she worked firstly with London homelessness services and then organisations across England. She was Director of External Affairs at Broadway from 2010 and led Fundraising and Communications at St Mungo’s from 2014. In her current role, she heads up the Strategy and Development department, which includes fundraising, policy and communications, support service development and property growth and development. Rebecca holds an MSc in Applied Social Science, a Diploma in Social Work and is in the middle of a professional Doctorate with Middlesex University.
Alison is St Mungo’s Executive Director of Housing Services. She is a senior housing professional with substantial housing sector experience and is currently interim Executive Director of Housing Services at Anchor Hanover Group. With former roles including Director of Resident Services at Peabody Trust, chair of the G15 Housing Directors’ Group and as a former member of the London Fuel Partnership, she advised and supported the Mayor of London’s Fuel Poverty Action Plan. Alison is also a Non-Executive Director at Clarion Housing Association and Chair of Homes for Lambeth’s Registered Provider, HFL Homes.
Alison brings to St Mungo’s significant strategic and operational expertise and a track record of delivering high-quality customer-focused housing services.
Jonathan is St Mungo’s Executive Director of Finance. Jonathan is a Chartered Accountant who spent most of his career to date at Financial Times Stock Exchange 100 drinks company Diageo, holding a number of senior financial and commercial roles both in the UK and overseas. More recently Jonathan moved to the not for profit sector and for the last three years has been Chief Financial Officer at Christian Aid, a UK based international non-governmental organisation working across Africa, Asia and Latin America. Jonathan is also a Trustee at Action for M.E.
David is responsible for St Mungo’s housing and support services. He started working with homeless people as a full time volunteer in 1985. Since then he has worked in a range of both front line and management positions mainly in three London based charities; Single Homeless Project; Housing Services Agency and Broadway. David became a senior manager in 2001. At the Housing Services Agency he was Director of Community Services and then Director of Services. At Broadway he was Head of Outreach and Community Services for five years before becoming Director of Services in January 2007.
Emma joined St Mungo’s as its Chief Executive in November, 2022.
Emma brings with her a wealth of experience and knowledge in supporting people who have been displaced and marginalised and will join from central Government where, since February 2021, she has been responsible for housing for asylum seekers and refugees, in particular refugee resettlement from Syria, Afghanistan and Ukraine, working as the Director General for Asylum and Protection.
Prior to this Emma was Director General for Service Excellence in the Department for Work and Pensions where she led delivery of child maintenance, pensions, and disputes and appeals, as well as transformation of services across the whole department. Previously she was Director of working age benefits.
Emma spent much of her early career in European and international migration policy, working with EU partners on the migration and asylum agenda. She has a doctorate in forced migration and international relations from the London School of Economics.