St Mungo’s chief executive dies aged 57

Steve Douglas had led the homelessness charity for almost two years

Steve Douglas
Steve Douglas

Tributes have been paid to Steve Douglas, chief executive of the homelessness charity St Mungo’s, who died over the weekend at the age of 57. 

Douglas, who had led St Mungo’s for almost two years, died suddenly at his home yesterday, the charity said in a statement. 

No further details about the cause of death have been made available.

Douglas, who leaves a partner and four children, had worked in the housing sector for more than 25 years. 

Before joining St Mungo’s, Douglas was chief executive of the housing and regeneration consultancy Altair and was previously chief executive of the then- social housing regulator the Housing Corporation. 

He had also been chair of the housing association One Housing Group and was the first chief executive of Spitalfields Housing Association, a community-based social landlord in east London.

He was appointed CBE in 2019 for services to housing. 

St Mungo’s said Douglas was a “driving force for change within the charity” and was a lead stakeholder in the formation of the Kerslake Commission, which was set up to achieve policy change to support those experiencing homelessness and rough sleeping.

Joanna Killian, chair of St Mungo’s, 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.”

Rick Henderson, chief executive of the membership charity Homeless Link, said Douglas’s death was a “tragic loss for his family, St Mungo’s and for the homelessness movement”. 

He said: “I have worked closely with Steve, in particular as a member of the Kerslake Commission, which he personally instigated and continued to lead. 

“The commission brought people together across sectors to capture the lessons from the pandemic for homelessness, and to set out what that meant for the future. Its achievement was in large part due to Steve’s personal determination. 

“Steve’s death has come far too early. I know he would have gone on to achieve even greater things. Our thoughts are with all the staff at St Mungo’s and, of course, with his family.”

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