Board directors


George Garlick

George Garlick

George has had a long career in local government, most recently as Chief Executive of Durham County Council, and was Chief Executive of Stockton on Tees Borough Council for 13 years. He is a qualified solicitor and a former teacher and he has lived in the area for the last 20 years. He is married with one son.

George was appointed as Chair of the Thirteen Board on 1 April 2016.

Thirteen Board Director

Brian Dinsdale

Brian Dinsdale

Recently appointed as Chair of Erimus Housing, Brian had a 40 year career in local government before retiring to become a consultant and interim manager in the public sector.

Brian, who is a qualified accountant, was Chief Executive of Hartlepool Council for 14 years and Chief Executive of Middlesbrough Council for two years.  He was awarded the OBE in 2001 for services to Hartlepool.  Since his retirement from Middlesbrough Council in 2005, Brian has worked for HM Treasury as an efficiency advisor, been an Interim Chief Executive for four councils and the Interim Managing Director of a large publicly owned trading company, as well as carrying out numerous consultancy roles throughout the UK.  Brian's primary skills are financial planning and management, organisational design and change management.  He is currently vice-chair of the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust.

Thirteen Board Director and Chair of Treasury and Investment Committee

Andrew Lean

Andrew Lean

Andrew is recently retired from his role as Senior Advisor to the Homes and Communities Agency.  Previously, his senior civil service career has included direct responsibility for policy making and management around the Urban Programme, Single Regeneration Budget and the Olympics. 

Andrew was Chair of Vela's Finance Committee until April 2014 and is now Chair of Thirteen Group's Treasury and Investment Committee.

Thirteen Board Director

Julie Clarke

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Julie was previously a partner in a consultancy firm whose primary clients were local authorities and the housing association sector.  She is also a senior lecturer in the Department of Architecture and the Built Environment in the Faculty of Engineering and Environment at Northumbria University.  She has held previous non-executive directorships at Nomad and Enterprise Housing Association.

Julie, who has recently been appointed Chair of Housing Hartlepool, joined Housing Hartlepool's Board as a co-opted member in October 2008, becoming a full board member in 2013.

Thirteen Board Senior Independent Board Director and Chair of Remuneration Committee

Clare Brayson

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Clare has over 30 years of experience in marketing and customer service management.  This experience has been gained in financial services with Northern Rock and in social housing with Home Group.  Her customer experience includes responsibility for call centres and administration.  She has an MBA from Newcastle University.

Clare has been a member of Tees Valley Housing Board since 2011 and was appointed to the position of Chair in September 2015.

Thirteen Board Director and Chair of Audit and Risk Committee

Annette Clark

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Annette is a former Director of Aviva plc.  During her 20 years with Aviva she led both the Human Resources and Operations (Customer Services) functions, leading business units of 7,000 employees based across the UK and overseas.

Annette has an L.L.B. Law Degree, and has particular interest in all aspects of employment law.

Annette joined the Tristar Board in September 2014 and became a member of the Thirteen Board in September 2015 when she was appointed Chair of the Group’s Audit and Risk Committee.

Thirteen Board Director

Steve Nelson

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Steve is a councillor on Stockton Borough Council where he is Cabinet Member for Housing and Community Safety.

He is a member of the Safer Stockton and Housing and Neighbourhood Partnerships and a member of Cleveland’s Crime and Police Panel. He is also a Governor at Frederick Nattrass School.

Thirteen Board Director

Mark Simpson

Mark Simpson

Dr Mark Simpson is Dean of the School of Social Sciences, Business and Law at Teesside University and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  He is the author of a number of texts in the areas of crime, ciminal justice and drug use, and is a Director of the British Society of Criminology.

He is a governor at a local primary school, a sixth form college and Teesside University.  He is Chair of Tees Valley Leisure and is also a local ambassador for the Prince's Trust.

Mark joined the Board as Chair in September 2014.

Group Chief Executive

Ian Wardle

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Ian has recently joined Thirteen from Reading Borough Council where he was Managing Director from 2013.

He is well remembered in the North East starting his career as a graduate trainee at George Wimpey in Middlesbrough, moving onto the Sunniside Partnership in Sunderland and Director of Regeneration at Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council before his move south.

He is responsible for leading Thirteen, overseeing the implementation of board decisions, progress towards meeting corporate objectives and ensuring the business continues to move in the right direction.

Board Director remuneration

You can find details about Board Director remuneration on the financial statements page.