Our Group Board

Our Group board members are listed below – please click on their image to view profile.

Gareth EvansInterim Chair

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.

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.

Steve JenningsBoard 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. In addition to his contribution to the work of the Housing Plus Group, Steve is currently Chair of South Liverpool Homes.

Steve’s passion for improving the quality of customers' lives has been a fundamental driver throughout his career.

Amarjit DhillonBoard member

Amarjit is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.   The Chief Information Officer for Turning Point, a leading social enterprise in health and social care with accountability for Commercial Ventures, he also serves as a main board director and Trustee.

Having trained as a technologist in the NHS, Amarjit subsequently moved into the corporate sector where he built his technology and information management experience as well as spending time in production and operations management, sales and customer facing roles.   A specialist in directing transformation and change in global organisations, as a member of the Group and Care Plus boards, Amarjit looks forward to helping with the development of the organisation, ensuring that the needs of its current and future customers are met through the provision of excellent and efficient services.

Jason BurtBoard member

A lawyer by profession, in 2016 Jason left the legal practice that he had successfully helped to build into a Chambers and Legal 500 listed firm to join Willis Towers Watson as a specialist consultant.  He is now responsible for overseeing the development of a range of regulatory and strategic risk management services for a wide range of national and international clients with specialisms in education and regulatory matters including health and safety and care standards.

Jason is also Group Director of Health, Safety Compliance (having previously served 3 years as a non-executive Director) of Mears PLC where he is chair of the Risk Compliance Committee and a member of the Audit Committee.  With a passion for social enterprises and values, throughout his career Jason has chosen to work with not for profit businesses or businesses that have social values at the core of their operations.  At Housing Plus, Jason looks forward to using his skills and experience for the benefit of its existing and future customers.

Peter PriceBoard member

A qualified chartered accountant, Peter has spent the major part of his career in the health service, as a Director of Finance with NHS Telford and Wrekin for over 10 years. Prior to this, he was Finance Director at the Shropshire Community and Mental Health NHS Trust and Princess Royal Hospital.

Peter is really excited to be working with a dedicated team on a specific and important aspect of the business. As a board member, he is keen to ensure that we deliver care services wanted and needed by customers in an efficient and effective manner.

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 and reappointed in 2019. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and the Shropshire Registered Social Landlord Forum.

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