Meet the Team

  • Joanne Bowden

    I have a variety of educational and vocational qualifications. My partner and I like to participate in the courses that PCH runs, this allows us to meet people, make new friends and gain new skills as well as refresh old ones. I applied to become a Scrutiny Team member because I feel that I can make a difference putting my skills to use. It also allows me to gain confidence by taking on new challenges. I want to be a positive member of the Resident Scrutiny Team. Over the years I have always wanted to have more input on how decisions are made regarding PCH and how it can grow and give more involvement to residents.

  • Susan Drury

    I was born in Blackpool and after working in graphic design and advertising in London and New York, returned to England in 2007.
    I volunteered for the Resident Scrutiny Team which represents a challenge and a learning process, with the hope that I may be part of something that will make a positive difference.

  • Bridget Bimha

    I was born in Zimbabwe and have travelled with my family to many different communities within South Africa, Botswana, Mozambique and Europe. I have observed that every community has similar needs and challenges. I have always volunteered in community out-reach groups as making a difference is a privilege that I embrace. I volunteered as an administrator in Carmel Bible College, Bristol and have worked alongside my husband who is a minister of religion. Alongside all of my volunteer work, I am also a full time health care assistant.

  • Chris Matthews

    I was born in Saltash and have been a resident of Plymouth Community Homes since returning home after living in London whilst working for a customer focused company called Network Rail. I have travelled around the world, living in New York, Osaka and Munich. I have always had a keen interest in politics and raising money for charities and good causes. I am passionate about customer service and I am enthusiastic about bringing my experience to the Resident Scrutiny Team to further develop PCH.

  • Pat Gillespie

    My family and I have all been involved with PCC Housing and now PCH. I have always supported the regulatory inclusion of the community and tenants to participate in levels of enquiry and assist in the development of the organisation. I was a member of the Customer Assurance Panel before applying for the Resident Scrutiny Team. I have worked in secure industries for most of my life so I am accustomed to working in a regulatory environment and within a team. I am currently a volunteer providing support to disabled and mentally challenged individuals.

  • Christine Field

    Christine has been a tenant of PCH for 4 years at Plympton St Maurice. Christine worked for the ambulance service before retiring and moving to the South West. Christine has three sons and four grandchildren who keep her on her toes. Christine wants to make a worthwhile contribution to enable PCH to go from strength to strength.    

  • Shirley Knibb

    Shirley is a retired and has worked with the elderly in a variety of care roles. Born in Plymouth, Shirley has travelled extensively as her husband was a Royal Marine. Shirley still loves to travel and regularly visits her son in Holland. Shirley has a daughter and granddaughter in Plymouth . 

  • Mel Leonis

    After working in the electronics industry for 25 years, I decided I needed to find some way to get involved in my community, to get me out and help me keep in touch with others. I became involved with PCH during STAG (Stock Transfer Advisory Group), and as part of the group we created PCH. Since then, I have enjoyed a number of resident involvement opportunities including The Money Tree Fund, Customer Assurance Panel and Resident Scrutiny Development Team. I have also been involved with Continuous Improvement Groups where residents and staff worked together to develop our services. Occasionally, I take on other involvement roles like planning and the Resident Involvement Strategy Group as these take less time but still allow me to be involved. Involvement helps me keep up to date with what is happening in our communities, with PCH and the Government.