Board directors

Chair of Thirteen Board

George Garlick

Director George Garlick

George is the Chair of Thirteen.

He has worked in the North East for 22 years as chief executive of Stockton-On-Tees Borough Council and Durham County Council. A qualified solicitor, he lives in Norton.

Senior Independent Director and Chair of the Remuneration Committee

Clare Brayson

Director Clare Brayson

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.

Chair of Audit and Risk Committee

Annette Clark

Director Annette Clark

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.

She has an LLB Law Degree and has particular interest in all aspects of employment law.

Thirteen Board Director

Steve Nelson

Director Steve Nelson

Steve is a Stockton Borough Councillor who was a Cabinet Member for housing and a Director of Tristar Homes.

He is currently Cabinet Member for Access, Communities and Community Safety and has a number of other community roles. He chairs the Safer Stockton Partnership and the Taxi Trade Association, and is a director of the charitable organisations Catalyst and FRADW. Steve is also a governor at Frederick Nattrass School.

Steve is committed to social inclusion and is a member of Stockton’s Infinity Partnership, Central Locality Forum and Stockton’s Domestic Violence Steering Group.

Thirteen Board Director and member of the Remuneration Committee

Professor Mark Simpson

Mark Simpson

Professor Mark Simpson is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) at Teesside University.

He has a PhD in Criminology and BA (Hons) in Politics and he has published in the areas of youth crime, drug use and policing. He is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce.

Thirteen Board Director and Chair of Thirteen Homes Board

Richard Buckley

Director Richard Buckley

Richard is the Chair of Thirteen Homes Ltd, a subsidiary company of Thirteen.

He is Managing Director of Buckley Burnett, a development consultancy and project management company. Richard has other interests in BIM development investment vehicle.

His career started at Ward Hadaway as a planner after leaving Newcastle University. He went on to become a regional director and run the development side of Tees Valley Regeneration before setting up Buckley Burnett.

Thirteen Board Director

Chris Newton

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Chris was Facilities Management Director for Lloyds Banking Group, and then delivered the role via a strategic outsourced partnership with Mitie. Chris is now a Strategic Property Consultant, advising a number of FTSE 100 and 250 Companies with regard to the strategy and delivery of their estate.

He started his career as a Quantity Surveyor for a number of North East property companies before becoming involved in property management, and was instrumental in the integration of property across Lloyds Banking Group.

Chris is a member of RICS and IWFM and holds a number of academic qualifications.

Thirteen Board Member and Member of Audit and Risk Committee

Christine Storrs

Christine Storrs

Christine is a retired professional having spent 25 years working in housing, with the last nine years being spent as Chief Executive of York Housing Association.

For many years she specialised in the development and provision of supported housing, working for both a national association and a specialist association in London and the South East.

Chair of Treasury Committee

David Swann

David Swann

David has worked in corporate finance with large multi-national companies such as Rolls-Royce, Wellcome and BAT. He also sits on the boards of a charity supporting adults with autism and Greensquare Group, a housing association based in Wiltshire. 

He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA and is a former president of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.

Chair of Development and Investment Committee

Anthony Riley

Anthony Riley

Anthony has worked in housing for 35 years for a number of local authorities and housing associations.

He has held several executive positions leading both development and operational teams.

Chief Executive of Thirteen and Thirteen Board Director

Ian Wardle

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Ian joined Thirteen as our Chief Executive in 2016. The first ten years of his career were spent in the private sector and the last ten years in local government. Ian started his career in Middlesbrough as a graduate trainee at George Wimpey (now Taylor Wimpey) later becoming a land negotiator, land manager and development director. He was then a project director for the Sunniside Regeneration Project in Sunderland.

Moving into local government, he joined Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council, as Head of Regeneration Services, later becoming Director of Regeneration Services with responsibility for a range of front-line and corporate services, as well as the delivery of large capital regeneration projects.

Before joining Thirteen, Ian was Managing Director of Reading Borough Council with responsibility for delivering hundreds of services across the town, while making substantial savings and managing 2,500 colleagues with a turnover of £480m per annum.

Ian 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.

Ian has held a number of non-executive and trustee roles for a housing association, university, community interest company, a charity and a school. Ian is currently a board member for the Northern Housing Consortium.

Board Director remuneration

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