SARH is run by a board of directors who bring together their skills and experience to make important decisions about the homes and the services we deliver for our customers.

The responsibilities of the board include:

  • Making sure that we are run lawfully and ethically
  • Approving our business plan
  • Agreeing strategies, policies, financial and investment plans
  • Monitoring our performance and ensuring that we deliver value for money.

Our board members are listed below.

Steve Jennings, Chair


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 Chair of South Liverpool Homes.


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

Jeremy Pert, Board Member


Jeremy has 15 years’ experience at board level in commercial roles and has spent two decades working in community leadership roles in Staffordshire.  In 2011, he became a borough councillor and was appointed cabinet member for communities at Stafford Borough Council, with special responsibility for housing, health and wellbeing in 2015.  He has also been a county councillor since 2017. 


He is an active member of a number of local boards and panels including the Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent health and wellbeing board, Health Staffordshire’s select committee, HM Prison Drake Hall’s equality and diversity scrutiny panel, Newcastle and Stafford Colleges Group and Stafford United Almshouses. 


Having spent many years in commercial and general management roles, he also has experience in the logistics industry and household products, food and packaging markets.

Craig Royall, Board Member

With 28 years in the Housing and Construction sector having previously worked for Taylor Wimpey, Midland Heart, Stafford and Rural Homes and currently working for Cannock Chase District Council, Craig has considerable expertise in property maintenance and repairs, health and safety, contract management, procurement and tenant liaison.


Craig is passionate about the most vulnerable people in our society and will always endeavour to help and improve the lives of those less fortunate in any way that he can.

Tim Harris, Board Member

Tim has 46 years of experience in social housing and previously worked as Chief Executive for Berneslai Homes, Deputy Director of Housing for Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Assistant Director Rents and Revenues for Barnsley MBC to name a few. He has extensive experience in the public sector, social housing, property and housing management, audit and risk management.

Catherine Dass, Board Member

Catherine has worked in the housing sector for over 15 years and has extensive experience and skills in HR, business development and transformation, marketing communications and diversity and inclusion. 


Currently Director of people and performance at Platform Housing Group , Catherine has a real passion for executive level coaching, holding a Level 7 qualification in executive coaching and is MBTI qualified.


Catherine believes that housing is a fundamental need which makes the most significant difference to people’s quality of life, wellbeing and opportunities. As a board member, she wants to use her skills, personal strengths and experience within the housing sector to ensure delivery of excellent services that meet our customers’ needs.

Elizabeth Harrison, Board member

Phil Ingle, Board member/Finance director, Housing Plus Group

Phil qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant with multi-national consulting engineers, WS Atkins. He went on to work for Somerset County Council before becoming Director of Financial Services at the newly-formed Hereford and Worcester Fire Authority.

He became Finance Director of South Staffordshire Housing Association in 2003. During his time with SSHA Phil has been very proud of its growth and excellent delivery of housing services to residents in and around South Staffordshire, in particular the development of Housing Plus Group.

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