Our Executive Team

Our executive management team work closely with our Group board to ensure we deliver our vision to be an excellent provider of homes and services.

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Sarah BodenChief executive

Beginning her career as a housing officer, working to ease homelessness, Sarah now has more than 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 on merger and reappointed in 2019 following a  second  merger with  SARH, growing Housing Plus Group to provide over 18,000 homes, thriving care and property companies and an ambitious development programme.

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

Les ClarkeExecutive director of housing and care

Les has many years’ experience in a variety of roles in housing, health and social care.  He qualified as a State Registered Nurse and has worked in neurotrauma, spinal injuries, intensive care and surgery before moving into NHS management.

Before joining Housing Plus Group, Les was executive director of operations at the Terrence Higgins Trust, which is one of the worlds’ leading charities in the field of HIV and sexual health.

He spent several years with the UK’s leading provider of Extra Care Housing and also worked for a large private sector domiciliary care provider.

Les is a former visiting specialist lecturer at the University of East London and remains on the Nursing and Midwifery Council register for nurses.  As a practicing nurse, he maintains a strong interest in health.

Stephen CollinsExecutive director of property and transformation

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 has also involved time in a private sector consultancy and a period working with one of the country’s largest commercial contractors.

Victoria WhibleyExecutive director of finance

After graduating university with a history degree, Victoria chose to step into accounting and completed CIPFA professional exams to become a qualified accountant whilst working in one of the largest audit and advisory firms in the world. Here Victoria worked within Audit and Assurance, specialising in housing.

Victoria joined Housing Plus Group in 2014 as a Financial controller and has earned numerous promotions within our Finance team before being appointed Executive director of finance in July 2021.

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