Published - 8 March 2019

Farewell to two "wonderful" residents

We are sad to hear of the deaths of two of our long-standing involved residents, who did so much to advocate for people living in west London.

John Sullivan and Nellie Gilipin-Macfoy had both been members of our Hammersmith and Fulham Local Scrutiny Panel (LSP) since it was first launched in 2011.

They were also members of our health and disability forum advocating for residents with disabilities.

Nellie Gilipin-Macfoy

John regularly spoke passionately about mental health and isolation amongst older residents, while Nellie offered her time to help with our annual standards report on several occasions and worked with staff to tackle anti-social behaviour where she lived, and in wider Notting Hill.

Patti Openibo, chair of the Hammersmith and Fulham LSP, said: “Both Nellie and John were proactive and engaged members who gave their time generously. I know I speak on behalf of all panel members when I saw they will be sorely missed and that their commitment to the local scrutiny of residents’ services was always evident in our meetings.

Nellie and John will be hard acts to follow.

Patti Openibo, chair of Hammersmith and Fulham LSP

As well as his work on our panels and groups, John will also be fondly remembered for taking on the role of Father Christmas at several Christmas events in his community as well as at our annual resident involvement Christmas party.

John Sullivan as Father Christmas

Mark Vaughan, group director of commercial services at Notting Hill Genesis, added: “John and Nellie were both wonderful people who gave up so much of their own time to help us become better at what we do.

“John was one of the first residents I worked with on the Leasehold Forum. He was insightful, funny and always a pleasure to be around. They will both be missed.”

Our thoughts and condolences are with John and Nellie’s families at this difficult time.

Notting Hill Genesis
Communications, Notting Hill Genesis