Thirteen announces new CEO

We're delighted to announce the appointment of Thirteen's new chief executive.

4995 Matt Forrest

22 Aug 2022

Matt Forrest will join Thirteen from Home Group, where he is currently executive director of operations and previously their executive director of business development.

Having lived and worked in the North East for nearly 30 years, the former teacher and chartered accountant has held a number of executive and senior roles. He brings exceptional knowledge of the sector with a wealth of experience from social housing and the private sector.

Matt said: “I’m delighted to have the opportunity to further develop the great services being delivered for customers by Thirteen and I’m very much looking forward to working with customers, colleagues and partners to build on the work that I’ve already seen.”

Jane Earl, chair of the Thirteen Board said: “We’re delighted to announce Matt’s appointment.

“Following a rigorous recruitment process carried out with leadership team colleagues, board members and involved customers, Matt clearly demonstrated that he is a proven leader, shares Thirteen’s values and he will bring a breadth of experience to the role.

“He is undoubtedly the right person to take forward our ambitious plans to grow and to continue to improve services for our customers.

“I’m very much looking forward to working with Matt who I know will take the organisation from strength to strength.”

Chris Smith will continue as interim chief executive, following the departure of former CEO Ian Wardle this summer until Matt takes up his role in December.