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Our Board of Directors

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is responsible for oversight of the operations of St Basils. As a charity and registered provider of social housing, St Basils is regulated by the Charity Commission and Regulator of Social Housing. As a Company, St Basils complies with requirements set by Companies House. St Basils is governed according to its Articles of Association and internal policies and procedures approved by the Board of Directors.

Directors are appointed to the Board based upon their qualifications, skills and experience.

Co-opted Directors are usually young people who have lived experience of the support offered by St Basils.

Current Board Members

  • Feizal Hajat OBE – Chair of the Board of Directors and Ordinary Director
  • Jean Templeton – Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director
  • Chris Miller – Chair of the Service Delivery and Development Committee and Ordinary Director
  • Helen Bates – Chair of the Business Support and Audit Committee and Ordinary Director
  • The Very Rev. Matt Thompson – Nominated Director
  • Paul Cadman – Ordinary Director
  • Raj Ram – Ordinary Director
  • Nimmi Patel – Ordinary Director
  • Nil Neale – Ordinary Director
  • Vicki Stott – Ordinary Director
  • Stephen Chance – Co-opted Director
  • Sahira Jabeen – Co-opted Director

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Register of Directors’ Interests

St Basils maintains a Register of Directors’ declared interests. This is available for review upon request. To make a request, please email:


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St Basils is currently seeking a Director/Trustee to join its Board. For more information on joining the board, click the button below.

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Strategic Priority 3: "Young people fully involved in setting standards, identifying priorities and monitoring services."

Youth Advisory Board

Fifteen young people from each of St Basils’ geographical areas meet every month as part the Youth Advisory Board (YAB).

The main role of the YAB is to ensure that young people are involved in decisions about how our services operate and are being given opportunities to feedback to the Senior Leadership Team and the main Board of Directors. Being a member of YAB is also a great way to build confidence for our young people and develop skills such as public speaking, building relationships and constructive challenge. Young people across St Basils worked together to design 12 ‘Youth Standards’ which the YAB regularly discuss and evaluate how they are incorporated into St Basils’ operations.

Just like our main Board of Directors, good governance is crucial for the YAB in achieving their aims and objectives. The YAB has Chair and Deputy Chairs, along with a minute taker who records key points from the discussions at each meeting. Terms of reference for the YAB meetings have been created, as has a code of conduct. Minutes from the YAB meetings are presented to the main Board at each of their quarterly meetings for discussion.

YAB meetings are virtual and in the interests of fairness and easy access for all, will remain so. To assist each young person in ensuring they can attend the meetings and in accordance with St Basils Youth Standard 4 – to embrace digital engagement and connectivity, each member of YAB has been provided with the relevant equipment and training needed to join the virtual meetings. The YAB meet monthly online, usually on the second Tuesday of the month between 6pm – 8pm.

The YAB was originally developed in 2005 and we have had young people involved in decision making processes at St Basils since that point, whether this is through the YAB or through having young people sitting on our main Board as Co-Opted Directors. This practice continues today alongside the YAB, with our main Board having two spaces designated for young people.

The YAB and our main Board are continually seeking to improve how both Boards work together to ensure young people are considered at every level of decision making.

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The Board has two committees to support its function:

  • The Business Support and Audit Committee
  • The Service Delivery and Development Committee

The Board also has a Nominations Committee to support the recruitment, succession and Development of Directors. This meets on an ad-hoc basis in the event of a vacancy.

The Board may also establish ad hoc committees for detailed reviews or consideration of particular topics to be proposed for the approval of the Board.


Business Support and Audit Committee Members

  • Helen Bates (Chair)
  • Paul Cadman
  • Nil Neale
  • Marius Marisca (Co-opted Committee Member)


Service Delivery and Development Committee Members

  • Chris Miller (Chair)
  • Jean Templeton
  • Nimmi Patel
  • The Very Rev Matt Thompson
  • Raj Ram
  • Vicki Stott

Strategic Priority 5: "Challenging discrimination and promoting diversity and cohesion"

Annual General Meeting

St Basils holds an Annual General Meeting (AGM) during the Autumn each year.

The date of the next Annual General Meeting is:

Monday 16th September 2024 at 6.30pm

To request further details please contact our Company Secretary Zoe Rossi via:

Our Company Membership Policy is available here.

Including financial statements

Modern Slavery Statement

St Basils is opposed to all forms of slavery and human trafficking. Modern slavery takes many forms including slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour, child exploitation and human trafficking, all of which have in common the deprivation of a person’s liberty by another in order to exploit them for personal or commercial gain.


St Basils sources all Goods, Services and Works within the UK and the European Union. Our supply chains range from simple stationery requirements to asset management services, property improvements, through to IT infrastructure and software necessary to:

  • Deliver front line services to Young People in the properties we own, occupy and manage
  • Build / develop new social housing units
  • Provide business support services that keep the organisation operating and achieving its charitable purpose


Overall responsibility for compliance with the Modern Slavery Act rests with our Board and the day to day monitoring of risks is delegated to the Senior Leadership Team. Any suspicions of Modern Slavery will be fully disclosed to the Board at the earliest opportunity.


Everyone at St Basils has a role to play to ensure that policies and procedures are implemented and maintained. As well as having a robust policy framework and governance structure, staff receive Safeguarding training which covers Modern Slavery and informs what staff must do if they suspect Modern Slavery is occurring in front line services. Everyone at St Basils must ensure they carry out their roles in line with this Statement and St Basils’ policies and procedures.


St Basils’ has the following policies in place which help to identify and prevent modern slavery and human trafficking:

  • Recruitment Policy
  • Whistleblowing Policy
  • Safeguarding Policy
  • Code of Conduct
  • Financial Regulations
  • Ethical Fundraising Policy


Our supply chains are limited, and we procure goods and services from a restricted range of suppliers. If we do identify any that represent a risk of modern slavery, human trafficking, forced and bonded labour and labour rights violations, we will take relevant action including informing the police and terminating the associated contract pending a full review. St Basils takes a zero tolerance approach to modern slavery and human trafficking and as such will not continue to work with suppliers and contractors where they have failed to demonstrate the minimum required standards of

transparency. This standard will also be expected of our donors and funders.


St Basils will work towards having a better understanding of Modern Slavery risk in our organisation and supply chains, and of our current mitigations and practices. We will embed modern slavery as a core consideration into relevant business practices, whether this is in respect to procurement, recruitment, partnership working, or the services and support provided to Young People.


St Basils remains committed to continually improving our practices to combat slavery and human trafficking, protecting and respecting human rights.

Anti-Fraud Pledge

Fraud is an ever evolving and increasing criminal threat to society. No organisation – charitable or otherwise – can make itself completely immune to fraud but it can take steps to minimise the risks.

St Basils is committed to doing precisely that, which is why we have signed the Fraud Pledge.

By taking the pledge we are showing that we work actively to prevent fraud, wherever it might occur in our organisation, and are proud to display the ‘Fraud Pledge’ badge.

By doing this, we are providing a visible demonstration that we take the protection of our assets, and the public funds we receive, very seriously.

Fraud Pledge - Prevent Charity Fraud

Sustainability at St Basils

Green achiever Self-Assessed-5-starIt makes sense to us that as an organisation committed to working with young people to secure their future, we should also be concerned about our impact on the environment and actively be working to find ways to reduce it. Because of this, St Basils is committed to finding ways to reduce our environmental impact in a number of areas.

For the past three years, St Basils is proud to have achieved a five star self-assessed rating for the Green Achiever Award showing our continued commitment to sustainability and continuous improvement.

Our Environmental Action Group (EAG) meet quarterly and feed back to the Senior Leadership Team and Board, informing them of new initiatives and the progress made within St Basils.  The EAG regularly review and update St Basils Environmental Policy, which was most recently approved by the Board in September 2023.

Environmental Sustainability Policy

Changes to how we dispose of our rubbish at head office and the Birmingham Youth Hub means we have comprehensive recycling, with a new waste management company, Ash Waste Services, who recycle around 90% of the waste they collect.

With a number of housing projects, St Basils is reducing energy consumption through a programme to replace existing fittings in our properties with low-energy consumption versions.  Almost a quarter of St Basils buildings have some form of controlled lighting, ensuring they’re only on when in use.

Staff are invited to consider how they travel to work, with discounted bus passes offered through National Express West Midlands and a Cycle to Work scheme, which allows staff to get cheaper commuter bicycles. We have also stopped automatically offering new staff or visitors car parking spaces at our head office, which is located within walking distance of Birmingham city centre.

In 2022, St Basils was awarded the Bronze level Modeshift STARS accreditation. This scheme recognises schools, businesses and other organisations that have shown excellence in supporting cycling, walking and other forms of sustainable and active travel.

We know that whilst we are on the right track with reducing our environmental impact, we also know there is still more St Basils can do. We are collecting data to identify our carbon footprint, so we can find ways to measure changes and look at further ways we can positively impact the environment.

How you can help

We are encouraging our supporters to help us raise funds by diverting printer cartridges away from landfill.  We are able to receive money for each used inkjet printer cartridges sent to Recycle4Charity via freepost, or organisations can arrange a box collection if they have a number of used printer ink cartridges.