Our people

Group board

Housing Plus Group is run by a board of directors who bring together their skills and experience to make important decisions about the homes and the services we deliver for our customers.

The responsibilities of the board include:

  • Making sure that we are run lawfully and ethically
  • Approving our business plan
  • Agreeing strategies, policies, financial and investment plans
  • Monitoring our performance and ensuring that we deliver value for money.

Our Group board members are listed below – please hover above their images to learn more about them.

Rolf LevesleyChair

A former solicitor, Rolf dedicated his professional life to local government, becoming Chief Executive of South Staffordshire Council until his retirement in 2009. Chairing the board of South Staffordshire Housing Association (SSHA) since 2010, Rolf also sits on the board of Housing Plus Group. He chairs the charity Friends of Conarky Refuge School and is vice chair of Shropshire Community NHS Trust.

Rolf’s interest in housing began when he helped negotiate the transfer of housing stock from South Staffordshire Council to the newly-formed SSHA in 1997. He has a fundamental belief in the importance of providing affordable homes for local people and the best possible care for older residents.

Gareth Evans

A retired banking professional, Gareth worked in the banking industry for 42 years principally at Barclays Bank where he was a Corporate Manager. Gareth has particular expertise in business funding with considerable experience in funding residential and commercial property development. He joined the Severnside Board in December 2013 and is also a member of the Audit & Risk Committee.

Andrew Mason

Following a successful management career in manufacturing and service industries, Andrew became a management consultant working for Urwick Orr and Ernst & Young before setting up his own consultancy in 1987. His work has brought him into contact with clients including the Audit Commission, the MOD, Advantage West Midlands, HMSO and a number of city councils and NHS Trust hospitals.

The Non-Executive Director says that together, a new merged group will have the resources, expertise and shared ethos to create a sustainable, dynamic and innovative business which maintains a strong commitment to social housing by exploiting commercial opportunities.

Rachel Bowden

Rachel is a self-employed consultant specialising in internal audit and risk management.

With a career in risk and audit spanning over 20 years, Rachel has experience of working for not-for-profit, corporate and public sector organisations.  Rachel is also a trustee at a local care charity as she believes that everyone in our community should be safe, secure and looked after.

“I am joining Housing Plus Group at a really exciting time.  Two great organisations have come together as one, so for me I am really looking forward to seeing the combined impact of the two.  I expect to see innovation and the sharing of ideas driving the organisation forward.”

Sarah BodenChief Executive

Beginning her career as a housing officer, working to ease homelessness, Sarah now has over 30 years' housing sector experience. Sarah was chief executive at Severnside for over 10 years, and under her leadership Severnside grew to become a successful, financially strong and diverse organisation. 

Sarah was appointed chief executive of the Housing Plus Group in 2016, following the successful merger of Severnside and Housing Plus. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing, the NHF West Midlands Regional Committee and Chair of Shropshire Registered Social Landlord Forum.

Bill McCarthy

Bill has a wealth of business experience from coaching to executive and non-executive roles. He began his career in brand management at Procter and Gamble progressing to senior roles in   London advertising agencies.

In his late 30’s, Bill had a change of career becoming an outplacement professional coach. He went on to undertake a number of roles including being a member of the RICS Appointments Boards, chair of an HR consulting company and chair of Riverside Care and Support.

Currently a performance coach for LHH/Penna consulting, Bill also runs his own performance coaching company Ten Percent Plus Ltd.   He is also a member of the board at Thomas Telford Ltd.

Bill has a real passion for the care sector and believes that organisations like Care Plus can provide huge benefits to people who really need help and support.

Peter Phillips

Peter is a qualified chartered accountant with extensive experience in the financial and commercial sectors.  He worked in executive roles at a number of large international companies before commencing an independent career as a restructuring and turnaround specialist, leading on the recovery of poorly performing companies and charities.  He is currently a non-executive director of Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust.

Passionate about the performing arts, Peter has been a board member at a number of organisations including the Welsh National Opera, Birmingham Opera Company and the Arts Council England.  

“I believe that the provision of high-quality social housing is the key to improving the quality of life of many people in Staffordshire and Shropshire.  Good, affordable housing results in excellent and harmonious neighbourhoods.”

Executive Management Team

Phil IngleFinancial Director and Deputy Chief Executive

Phil qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant with multi-national consulting engineers, WS Atkins. He went on to work for Somerset County Council before becoming Director of Financial Services at the newly-formed Hereford and Worcester Fire Authority.

He became Finance Director of South Staffordshire Housing Association in 2003. During his time with SSHA Phil has been very proud of its growth and excellent delivery of housing services to residents in and around South Staffordshire, in particular the development of Housing Plus Group.

Peter DonovanCommercial Director

Peter has over 20 years' housing experience having previously worked in banking, industry, private sector companies and commerce.  Peter joined Severnside in 2001 and helped the organisation through major challenges and change. His particular strengths lie in corporate and financial planning, treasury management, organisational excellence and business and performance management.

He was appointed Commercial Director of the Housing Plus Group in 2016.

Jan GoodeNeighbourhoods Director

The common strand throughout Jan’s career is customer service. Beginning as one of Asda’s first graduate management trainees, she was promoted to manage the food hall in one of its biggest stores. She went on to spend 11 years with South Staffordshire Water, becoming head of customer service.
Jan joined SSHA in 2005, working first as customer services manager and later head of customer services and assistant director of corporate support. She became a director in 2011.

Stephen CollinsProperty Director

Steve began his career as a graduate trainee in a housing association, being promoted to manage the inspection team less than a year later. Having worked in every department of that association as part of his early development programme he gained a thorough understanding of the sector. His career also involved time in private sector consultancy and a period working with one of the country’s largest commercial contractors.

Les ClarkeCare and Support Director

Les is a registered nurse with a career including spells caring for patients with spinal injuries and neurological trauma. He has worked on high dependency and surgical wards as well as in NHS management and commissioning.
Before joining Care Plus, Les worked in the fields of mental health and learning disability. Specialist expertise managing domiciliary care had taken him to Housing 21, the largest provider of Extra Care services in the UK. More recently, he had been part of the Terrence Higgins Trust.

Louise WagstaffPeople and Transformation Director

Louise began her career with WH Smith as a graduate management trainee before moving into housing as a HR manager in 1999.  In 2003 Louise moved into the emergency services sector as the HR manager for Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service and was promoted to the role of assistant chief fire officer in 2005.  Over the last 12 years Louise has been responsible for a range of functions including HR, training and development, corporate planning, ICT, administration and service improvement.  She was also part of the Gold Command operational response rota.  Louise has a B.Sc.Sci in public policymaking and administration, an MA in human resource management and is currently completing a postgraduate qualification in the psychology of organisational change and development.






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