Resident Scrutiny Panel 

The Resident Scrutiny Panel is new a formation of Tenants Voice members and Resident Scrutiny Panel members. Members of the new formed RSP will be called Portfolio Holders. Each portfolio holder will be responsible for a certain area. For example: Repairs, Grounds Maintenance, Gasway, Community Neighbour East, Community Neighbour West.

We actively encourage our residents to get their voices heard. Please contact your Community Neighbour for your voice to be raised at RSP. If you do not have a Community Neighbour, and wish to be one, please contact us on 01284 767224 or email


Johnnie Walker – Chair & Repairs Portfolio Holder

Born in Scotland in 1948 Johnnie was an electrical engineer and project manager in the oil, gas and marine industry. Traveling and working throughout the world on oil rigs, platforms and drilling ships.

Johnnie has been a Suffolk housing resident for the last 10 years in the town of Eye where he is an active member of the community. He is the deputy mayor of Eye town council and also trustee of Eye volunteer centre.

Johnnie was a founder member of the resident scrutiny panel for the last 7 years and has been the chair for the last 18 months. He joined the panel to give a voice to the residents, make a difference to there lives and to hold Suffolk housing to account on the service they provide for the residents.

Richard Atkins – Vice Chair & Gasway Portfolio Holder

Born in London in 1953, he was educated in Essex, Norfolk, Bristol, Ely, and Cambridge. After leaving education Richard has worked in a variety of industries but principally agriculture, electronics and education. He is currently studying an access course with the Open University with the intention of moving on to a Law degree next year.

Having moved into a Suffolk Housing property in Walsham Le Willows with his family in 2017 Richard was keen to get involved and joining the RSP gave him the perfect opportunity.

 “The commitment of my fellow panel members and Suffolk Housing staff never ceases to impress me” he says, “the real care they have for tenants welfare and views is always paramount.”


Graham King – Community Neighbour West

Graham lives in a little village called Glemsford , which is situated on the outskirts of Sudbury. He has been a Suffolk Housing resident for 6 years!

“I currently work for Each (East Anglian children’s hospices) on a voluntary basis. I litter pick once a year with some other villagers to keep our roadside clean from unsightly rubbish. I also try to keep the area where I live neat and tidy.

Likes: Most domestic animals, West Ham United, Good Food, Good quality ales and leisurely walks

Dislikes: Poor drivers and unacceptable timekeeping




Stacey O’Brien – Grounds Maintenance Portfolio Holder

“I’ve lived in Bury St Edmunds for he best part of 50 years. I have 2 sons one in High School and another who has recently made me a granddad.

I have experience in several professions including retail, warehouse, engineering, plumbing and heating / welding and fabricating, window cleaning, social care / supported housing for the homeless and peer support in the arts for recovery.

I have had a tenancy with Suffolk Housing since 1995 and been enthusiastic of music most of my life high lights being a local bandmember releasing 2 albums of original material in the last 9 years.

Loves Family , music, food and nature and of course being a member of the residents scrutiny panel since 2017.”





Sally Hawkes – Community Neighbour East

“I have lived in my home for the last 42 years. I am now a retired lollipop lady and enjoy gardening in my spare time.  I joined the Resident Scrutiny Panel because I wanted to make my neighbourhood a safe and an enjoyable place to live. I often litter pick throughout our area and enjoy giving my neighbours a voice.”






Paul Southall – Community Neighbour East

“I have been in a community neighbour and Resident scrutiny panel member for the last 4 years. I live in Ipswich and have done all of my life. I have been a resident with Suffolk Housing for nearly 14 years now. I loved paying snooker and pool in my spare time. I have assisted with charity work for Mencap raising money on the Christmas float. I enjoy engaging with my neighbours at communal BBQs and being the voice for our area.




Joan Beale – Sheltered Panel Member

“I volunteered as Sheltered Scheme Panel representative for Field View in April 2019. I then became involved with focus meetings on Customer Charter, etc., and by progression joined the RSP.  I want to help Sheltered Scheme residents to get the best from their community.  Along with another resident we arrange monthly coffee mornings for residents.”







Stephen Denny- Communications & Community Neighbour West

“Hi my name is Steve, I am part of the resident scrutiny panel. I am new to the area and up to most challenges that are put my way.

I’m a chef by trade so mostly found in the kitchen, I also love the outdoors especially the beach. If you see me about just say hello ”





Sarah Newson- Community Neighbour East

“I am 34 years old and have been living in a Suffolk Housing property for 12 years. I  joined the Resident Scrutiny Panel as a community neighbour in the East. I like helping people and I used to be a carer. This opportunity really helps me gain some confidence, it also helps me provide residents with advice and guidance and any issues they may have.”







Jo Muller – Community Neighbour West

“I’ve been on the panel for over three years, and my role as Community Neighbour at Bury Court is to liaise between residents here, and SH management, in order to bring to its attention any difficulties/observations about service delivery/welcoming new tenants/keeping an eye and ear out for potential difficulties/offering opportunities for new initiatives to be developed, as well as notifying maintenance deficits, and community liaison.

My background is one of 28 years employment in London, as a community health care worker, working in Hackney/Stoke Newington providing multi-disciplinary care packages to adults with chronic and enduring MH diagnoses.  I have been retired now for ten years but I have maintained my interest and energies in supporting a group of vulnerable men and women who are vulnerable either because of their drink and drug difficulties which have impacted on their housing and medical circumstances.  During this time in London, I successfully completed studying for a Diploma in Social Work.”

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