17 September 2020
St Basils, the largest youth homelessness charity in the West Midlands, has appointed Feizal Hajat OBE as its new board of directors chair.
Feizal (pictured) was appointed at St Basils annual meeting, which took place this week.
He succeeds Sara Fowler, who joined the board in 2012 and was appointed chair in 2015.
Feizal joined St Basils board in 2016 and has also served on the Service Delivery and Development committee. He is a Midlands-based public sector lawyer with a special interest in housing and homelessness.
He has more than 30 years’ of experience of working within the public sector at both national and local level.
Throughout his career Feizal has worked with colleagues across all sectors to develop the law related to community safety and was recognised for his contribution in 2011 by being awarded an OBE.
Commenting on his appointment, Feizal said: “I am genuinely humbled to have the honour of being put forward as the chair of St Basils. I pay tribute to Sara under whose leadership the board has flourished and St Basils has gone from strength to strength.
“I have served on St Basils Board for over four years, undertaken governance visits and helped with recruitment, but the highlight of each year has been the Youth Achievement Awards which is a true celebration of young people and everything St Basils and its staff work so hard for.”
Chief executive of St Basils Jean Templeton commented said: “It has been a privilege to work with Sara as chair of our board. She has applied her considerable professional astuteness and skills, as well as her compassion and commitment, to achieving our mission during her time as chair.
“I am also delighted that the board have appointed our new chair from within and that Feizal has taken up the challenge.”
Speaking about her time as chair Sara Fowler said: “During my time as Chair I have been constantly impressed with how St Basils has continually met its charitable purpose of achieving its ambitious outcomes for the young people it serves within the constraints of public spending reviews and other challenges necessitating sector leading methodologies, operational efficiency and innovative pricing and contracting model.
“As I stand down, I am delighted Feizal has accepted the appointment as chair of St Basils. Feizal has been an invaluable member of St Basils' Board for a number of years and will bring his experience, skills and passion for helping young people in a wise and caring manner to his role of chair.”