Board Members

Steve Bullock (Chair)

Image of Steve Bullock Steve retired as Lewisham’s directly-elected mayor in May 2018 after serving four terms. Since 2010 he had been serving as the London Councils’ Executive lead on Housing and the Mayor of London’s Homes for Londoners Board.

Steve is a director of the Housing & Finance Institute which seeks to boost the capacity of the sector and secure increased delivery.  He is continuing to work with some individual local councils on improvement as part of the Local Government Association (LGA) Peer Programme. Following his retirement Sir Steve was appointed as the Representative Deputy Lieutenant for Lewisham.

He served as Deputy Chair of the LGA and chaired its Commercial Board.  He previously led the LGA’s work on Human Resources including oversight of national pay bargaining for the sector.

His other interests include theatre, rambling, football and traditional music.  He is a patron of the Saltburn Festival of Folk Music, Dance and Song which takes place in North Yorkshire each August.

Barry Russell (Council nominee)

Barry Russell SHP board member Barry has lived in Sutton for over 25 years. A trained barrister, he has worked in finance and  residential property development and lettings. He was Housing spokesman when he was a local councillor and has been Chair of Governors of a local school for over 18 years. 

Gary Miles (Council nominee)

Gary Miles SHP board member Gary has over 20 years' experience working as an HR Practitioner and Business Manager. He was the director of Roffey Institute and is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personal Development. He has worked with a range of sectors, including in higher education, central and local governments as well as housing.


Jan Winning (Resident)

Image of Jan Winning Jan has been a resident of Sutton for the past 40 years. Her career has included work in community safety, housing and race equality.  Jan has been a member of the Performance Committee as a resident representative since its launch over 18 months ago.

Diane Pearson (Independent) 

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Diane was a resident of Sutton for 30 years and remains a local resident. A senior finance professional working in the not for profit sector, she has experience in partnership working between various local authority departments and health. Diane is looking to use her experiences and expertise to help develop the services for Sutton tenants.

Councillor Marlene Heron (Council nominee)

Image of Councillor HeronMarlene Heron is the current Councillor for Sutton North and Vice-Chair of the Sutton Local Committee. Being raised on a council housing estate and bringing up her own family in social housing, she understands how important it is for the wellbeing and life chances for children.  Her career within social housing has aimed to empower tenants to challenge, influence and obtain the best service possible from their landlords.  She is looking forward to positively contributing to the improvement and extension of services for tenants, leaseholders and s16 freeholders by listening to their needs and desires for the future.

Anne-Britt Karunaratne (Independent) 

Anne-Britt Anne-Britt has worked in social housing for over 35 years across a range of disciplines and in both the public and private sectors. She currently heads up customer and housing services at a housing association working across the south east.

Councillor Barry Lewis (Council nominee)

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Barry is a lifelong resident of Sutton and elected Councillor for Wallington North Ward. Barry is a member of the Housing, Economy and Business (HEB) Committee and Lead Member for Business. He brings a lifetime’s experience of owning and running small businesses both in and out of the Borough.  He is a lazy cyclist, an even lazier runner and a local Explorer Scout leader.


Colin Hawkins (Co-opted Resident) 

Colin Hawkins is a Co-opted member of the SHP Board and also the current Chair of the Sutton Federation of Tenants and Resident Associations.

Beverley Brigden (Co-opted Leaseholder)

Beverley Brigden is a Co-opted member of the SHP Board and Secretary to the Sutton Leaseholders Association 

Nick Samhembere - Co-optee to the Audit & Risk Committee

Nick Samhembere (Co-optee Board member) - Independent SHP Board Member Independent Member