People committee

The responsibilities of the nominations and remuneration committee include:

  • Overseeing employment issues across the Group including staff and board recruitment
  • Overseeing terms and conditions, pensions strategy and HR policy implementation

The nominations and remuneration committee report directly to the Housing Plus Group board.

Catherine DassChair

Catherine is an organisational development professional specialising in executive coaching.  She has worked in senior positions in the housing sector for over 17 years assisting them with her extensive experience and skills in HR, learning, employee engagement, performance and business improvement and transformation, governance and compliance, marketing communications and diversity and inclusion. This experience will assist in her role as chair of the people committee, previously the renumeration committee. 

Formerly executive director of business improvement at Platform Housing Group, Catherine has a real passion for developing businesses and leadership development. She holds a Fellowship of the CIPD, a Level 7 qualification in executive coaching and mentoring and is she is also MBTI 1 and 2 qualified.  She is a Senior Independent Director of the Housing Plus Group Board and Chair of the People committee.

Catherine is committed to assisting the sector to improve lives for customers as she believes that housing is a fundamental need and one that makes the most significant difference to people’s quality of life, well-being and opportunities. 


Gareth EvansCommittee 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. 

Elizabeth HarrisCommittee member

Beginning her career in market research, Liz subsequently worked mainly in the retail sector, in senior roles with large household name companies developing their brands and influencing and leading business change.

A member of the Market Research Society and with a doctorate in marketing, Liz is currently a governor and vice-chair at Reaseheath College. She is a strategic thinker, who is financially adept and has rigorous analytical skills.

Liz now runs her own specialist consultancy which helps businesses to grow via strategic business planning and customer insight. Liz is passionate about providing excellent customer service that meets identified needs and looks forward to promoting the business and growing its brand and reputation.

Rachel BowdenCommittee 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.

Steve JenningsCommittee member

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. 

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