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Our Senior Management Team

For more information about our Senior Management Team, please click on their photos below.

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Helen McHale

Chief Executive

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Helen McHale - Chief Executive

Helen worked in a number of North West housing authorities, covering 11 different jobs over 20 years before moving to Stockport. Helen set up Stockport Homes and has steered our success by improving customer services, bringing more money into the Borough, delivering physical improvements to the stock and growing the organisation. She is committed to continuing to improve living conditions for all of our customers, and to ensuring we are innovative in everything we do.

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Sandra Coleing

Assistant Chief Executive

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Sandra Coleing - Assistant Chief Executive

Sandra has worked in housing for over 20 years, starting as a Housing Officer in a District Council. After moving into developing policy, Sandra joined Stockport Council as a Policy and Research Manager. In this role Sandra developed a central team to work on the new challenges that faced housing organisations, including Audit Commission Inspectors. With the creation of Stockport Homes, Sandra became a Director, and in April 2017 become Assistant Chief Executive. Responsible for a range of services including IT, Governance, Performance, Risk and Audit and Marketing. 

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Carmel Chambers

Director of Resources

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Carmel Chambers - Director of Resources

A fully qualified Chartered Accountant, Carmel joined Stockport Homes in 2006. After graduating with a degree in Business Law, Carmel gained experience in both the private sector, working for a well-known PLC, and the public sector where she oversaw various innovative European Funding projects in Greater Manchester. Carmel is responsible for providing a high quality financial service to both Stockport Homes and the Council, managing combined turnover of c£100m, ensuring the organisation has sound financial planning, governance, guidance, accounting and fulfils its corporate legal statutory obligations. Carmel is responsible for the organisation’s risk strategy and management framework, 30 year HRA Business Plans and funding models. Carmel manages the Customer Finance, Corporate Finance, People and Organisational Development and Assets and Development teams. Carmel is passionate about ensuring the organisation attracts, retains and develops the brightest stars in the sector, and knows that its our people who are our biggest assets.

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April Higson

Director of Property and Maintenance Services

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April Higson - Director of Property and Maintenance Services

April has worked in a number of North West housing organisations, most recently as Director of Housing at a successful stock transfer organisation and has experience in delivering a broad range of housing services. April has been with us from the start and has been a key part of the service transformation across the organisation we have brought about. April is committed to delivering our mission of transforming lives by working with customers, staff and key stakeholders to continually improve the range and quality of property related services we offer, aiming to create sustainable tenancies and homes and neighbourhoods that people are happy to live and work in.

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Si Welch

Acting Director of Operational Services

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Si Welch - Acting Director of Operational Services

Si became Acting Director of Operational Services on 1st January 2017.  Starting at entry level within Stockport Council's housing management services, twenty five years ago and working up through a variety of roles, including homelessness management.  Latterly, this included a Head of Service role that included being the lead for a range of customer access and social inclusion themes, with a view to modernising services.  In addition, Si has experience of securing and delivering contracts and accessing new funding streams.
Si is passionate about genuinely improving the outcomes for customers and the directorate is ideally placed to achieve this with a broad reach; from allocations to housing management, Carecall, concierge and Caretaking, to employment, health and social inclusion initiatives, amongst others.

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Page last reviewed 23/05/2017