Management Team

Senior Management Team:

The organisation has a small but effective management team headed by

Claire Barnett is currently Acting Chief Executive when Steve Prime Retires in March 2019.  

Claire Barnett our Finance Director worked in local government for 11 years where she qualified as an AAT in 1991 then as a CIPFA accountant in 1995. She took a career break for 5 years before returning to local government in Adult Social Care finance for a further 2 years. She relocated to Devon in 2006 and started working for South Devon Rural HA in 2007 as the Finance Manager. She became Finance Director in 2011 and deputises for the Chief Executive in his absence.

Francis Bourke is Operations Director, he is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Housing, (CIHCM), a Member of the Chartered Management Institute, (MCMI) and member of the Institute Of Residential Property Management (MIRPM) and has ILM level 5 qualification in Management and Leadership, plus a degree in Housing Management and Development. Francis also deputises for the Chief Executive in their absence. Francis has wide experience of working in social housing, including a number of management positions, working in varied size organisations, across the country. Francis joined South Devon Rural in 2013, and prior to joining South Devon Rural, worked in two management roles at Teign Housing in Newton Abbot. Originally from the North West Of England, Francis has been working in Devon for nearly 10 years.