Meet the team

Introducing the customer facing members of our Fundraising team!

Barrie Hodge marathon picName: Barrie Hodge
Job title: Head of Fundraising and Communications

Passion/Hobby: Running miles, cycling climbs and anything that involves food.
Favourite Film : I wish I could say it was something like Citizen Kane but it is actually Police Academy.
Favourite Books: Love any sort of book that talks about a specific historical or sporting event.  Oh, and Billy Connolly’s recent book is pretty good.
Favourite food: Pizza

Why did you work for St Basils?

It’s a place that fits with my values.  I am passionate about opportunities for everyone and fairness.  St Basils represents those things and more and that’s why I am so proud to work here.

Areas of Responsibility: Responsible for managing the Fundraising and Communications teams.  Also present to businesses our vision for young people in the Midlands and making toast after our sleepouts.  (It’s a very varied job).

Sian DhillonName: Sian Dhillon
Job title: Business and Communities Executive (Birmingham)

Where are you from: Sandwell
Passion/ hobby: Criminal Psychology
Favourite film(s): The Color Purple, About Time, Step Brothers.
Favourite books: Most of Christopher Hitchens work and “How to win friends and influence people (1936)”
Favourite food: Chocolate – in vast quantities

Why did you want to work for St Basils?

Having worked in the housing sector for many years, a friend recommended the charity as a good place to work. I knew of the fantastic services they provided and St Basils vision, mission and values fit well with my own. I decided from a young age that instead of seeing issues in our society and thinking “someone should do something about that” that I should actually do what I can to support others that are in times of need, if I am able to do so.

Areas of responsibility: Birmingham – Developing meaningful partnerships with local businesses and people who really want to make a difference to vulnerable young people’s lives.

Azim SalamName: Azim Salam
Job title: Business Communities Executive (Worcestershire)

Passion/Hobby Keeping fit, Rugby Union and Photography
Favourite Film : God Father 1, 2 & 3Triliogy
Favourite Books: 1984 and anything relating to sporting biographies as well as Coaching Motivation Books
Favourite food: Curries and Thai food

Why did you work for St Basils?

A keen interest in helping people and have a knack to being a person centred individual who likes to motivate and innovate people.

Areas of Responsibility: Delivering presentations and doing public speaking working with Schools, Colleges and Universities as well as corporate businesses across Worcestershire and the Birmingham region, to fundraise and raise money to prevent youth homelessness.

Luke Selibas Name: Luke Selibas
Job title: Business and Communities Executive (Coventry, Warwickshire and Solihull)

Where are you from: Sutton Coldfield
Passion/ hobby: Cycling, Cycling and more Cycling
Favourite film(s): The Accountant
Favourite books: Enter the Dragon, Theo Paphitis
Favourite food: Pizza

Why did you want to work for St Basils?

To help raise funds and awareness of a charity that makes lasting positive impacts on young people’s lives.

Areas of Responsibility: Businesses, schools and groups across Coventry, Warwickshire and Solihull.

Fundraisers’ Contact Details

To contact Barrie, Sian, Azim and Luke please email:

Or call 0121 772 9619

Events Manager Steve RainbowName: Steve Rainbow
Job title: Events Manager

Where are you from: West Midlands
Passion/hobby: Carving things from wood with axes
Favourite film(s): Brokenhead
Favourite books: The Story of Art

Favourite food: Naga Curry

Areas of responsibility: managing events

Sami BegumName: Sami Begum
Job title: Events Coordinator

Where are you from: Birmingham
Passion/Hobby: Baking
Favourite Films: Shutter Island, The Hobbit and anything Marvel
Favourite Books: A Song of Ice and Fire
Favourite food: Pizza

Why did you want work for St Basils?

I discovered St Basils during an internship I did after graduating uni, as I had to interview a few members of staff. At that time, I wasn’t aware of how big of an issue youth homelessness was in the West Midlands and I learnt so much that I felt inspired to join the cause. I kept an eye out for vacancies and few months later I became a part of the fundraising team!

Areas of Responsibility: To assist the Events Manager with putting together all the St Basils fundraising events

Events team’s contact details

Barrie, Steve and Sami form the Events team.

To make contact with them please email: or call 0121 772 9614


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