Our Group Board

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

Alison HaddenChair

With over 30 years in the housing sector having previously worked for a number of large housing associations culminating in eight years as Chief Executive of Paradigm Housing, Alison has considerable expertise in all aspects of housing.

Whilst at Paradigm, the Development programme grew to over 800 homes per annum and she successfully set up an internal Repairs and Maintenance contracting business employing over 100 technicians.

Specialising in Governance and change management Alison is now a successful interim assisting organisations who find themselves in challenging situations. She believes that a decent, affordable, permanent home is a basic right that everyone should have. 

Gareth EvansVice 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.

Tina SwaniBoard member

With 30 years in the health and voluntary sectors, and 10 years in the housing sector, Tina has previously worked for The British Red Cross and is on the Board of Hospice UK and Chair of Lench’s Trust.

She brings considerable experience of strategic development and transformation in health, wellbeing and social care and is currently facilitating whole-system leadership and integrated planning of many organisations working together to redesign service for their population.

Tina believes that good quality social housing creates a positive cycle of personal, community and economic contribution, independence, resilience and growth. And that a good social housing provider is as much about people as it is about business.

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. He is currently a board member at VIVO Care Choices.

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

Richard LawrenceBoard member

Richard is an independent Board member with over 20 years’ of regeneration and development experience having worked within both the public and private sector in the South East and West Midlands.

Richard is currently the Director of Regeneration for City of Wolverhampton Council. Economic development, planning, housing, physical regeneration, programme management, strategic partnership, property development and land acquisition are all areas of expertise which he brings to the Board.

Amarjit DhillonBoard member

Biography coming soon.

Rachel BarberBoard member

With extensive experience in customer services and business development, Rachel worked in a variety of senior roles at South Staffs Water.  As customer services director, Rachel was responsible for service delivery, customer insight, inclusion and communication, customer contact, billing and debt collection activity, achieving maximum revenue collection and high customer satisfaction.

Rachel has considerable board experience within both the public and private sector.  She has a strong record of advising on policy, business transformation, growth and innovation whilst building and managing successful stakeholder relations and developing robust governance structures.

Rachel has a passion for delivering service excellence and continuous improvement.

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. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing, the NHF West Midlands Regional Committee and Chair of Shropshire Registered Social Landlord Forum.

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