HPG finance board

Housing Plus Group has established a new group finance vehicle. The board provides oversight of its activities, primarily the management of the loan portfolio, relationships with external funders and partners and the arrangements for inter-group lending between the Group and its subsidiaries.

Steve JenningsChair

Steve’s career in housing began over 40 years ago when he joined the sector straight from school. 

Chief executive at Weaver Vale Housing between 2004 and 2017, Steve has over 20 years’ experience in providing leadership in both executive and non-executive roles. His work in this area led to Steve, at the Housing Heroes Awards in 2016, receiving the award for Inspirational Leader of the Year. 

Steve’s passion for improving the quality of customers' lives and organisational excellence has been a fundamental driver throughout his career which he brings now to his role as Chair of the Housing Plus Group. 

Rachel BowdenBoard member

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.

Rachel is keen to promote innovation and the sharing of ideas in order to drive the business forward.

Gareth EvansBoard member

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.  He is Chair of the Homes board, Vice-Chair of the Housing Plus Group board and a member of the HPG Finance board.    

Committed to providing quality, value for money services to customers, Gareth is particularly keen to ensure that the voice of the customer is at the heart of our business and that we develop new homes to help to meet housing need in the localities in which we work. 

Sarah BodenChief executive

Beginning her career as a housing officer, working to ease homelessness, Sarah has over 30 years' housing sector experience.

Prior to becoming chief executive at Severnside,  Sarah was responsible for development and business growth for a Kent based Group of Housing Associations, leading its geographic expansion and diversification. At  Severnside for over 10 years, her leadership saw Severnside grow to become a successful, financially strong and diverse organisation.

Sarah was appointed chief executive of the Housing Plus Group in 2016 and re-appointed in 2019 when the Group completed a successful merger with Stafford and Rural Homes. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and former  chair of  both the  NHF regional  committee and the Shropshire Registered Social Landlord Forum.

Passionate about housing and people, Sarah, is committed to ensuring that the group delivers its vision of ‘Making a positive difference to homes, lives and communities’.

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