Richard Hawkins, Chief Executive retired at the end of March 2017 having completed 25 years’ service with IDS. Richard has worked within the social housing sector for over 40 years. He joined IDS as Head of Housing, became Director of Housing and was promoted to Chief Executive when Paul Westbrook retired. Richard tells us I have really enjoyed my time with IDS; I will miss my colleagues and many tenants who I have come to know over the years. We were delighted to receive such positive feedback in the STAR Satisfaction Survey and Im sure IDS will be in excellent hands with Suzanne joining us.

We wish Richard a happy and healthy retirement and thank him for his excellent service.



We are very pleased to announce that our new Chief Executive is Suzanne Wolfe. Suzanne was Assistant Director of Technical Resources at Poplar HARCA, a Housing and Regeneration Community Association based in East London. Suzanne previously managed Estate Services at Poplar HARCA and was also Head of Client Services there. Before this she worked with the Guinness Trust as a project manager undertaking a housing stock transfer.


Suzanne adds I am delighted to be joining such an exciting organisation and have been extended a very warm welcome by colleagues so far. I look forward to working with you all, over the coming years.