Board directors

Chair of Thirteen Board and interim chair of finance committee

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.

Chair of Audit and Risk Committee

Annette Clark

Director Annette Clark

Annette is the Chair of Audit and Risk Committee.

She is a former Director of Aviva plc. where 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 LLB Law Degree and a particular interest in all aspects of employment law.

Thirteen Board Director and Senior Independent Director and Chair of 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

Richard Buckley

Director Richard Buckley

Chris is Managing Director of Buckley Burnett, a development consultancy and project management company.

Starting his career at Ward Hadaway, Richard 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 is Global Head of Facilities Management at Citi, the American multinational investment bank and financial services corporation.

A Chartered Surveyor (MRICS) with a degree in quantity surveying, a post-graduate degree in real estate and property management, and an MBA from the University of Durham, Chris is also a member of the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management. 

During his career, he has led corporate real estate teams in both retail and banking with the remit for acquisitions, fit-outs, facilities and disposals. 

Chair of Development and Investment Committee and Chair of Thirteen Homes Board

Anthony Riley

Anthony Riley

Anthony is the Chair of Development and Investment Committee and Chair of Thirteen Homes Board.

He 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.

Thirteen Board Director

Robert Cuffe

Bob Cuffe

A Teessider by birth, Bob spent over 30 years in local media, latterly as Regional Managing Director of Trinity Mirror North East, publishers of the Gazette in Middlesbrough and the Chronicle, Journal and Sunday Sun in Newcastle.

Bob now works with a number of organisations as Chair, Vice Chair and non-executive director.

Thirteen Board Director

Catherine Wilburn

Katy Wilburn

Katy is a researcher and analyst by profession and for the past eight years, her career has focused solely on research in the social housing sector, working directly with more than 60 registered social housing providers across the UK, supporting them to continually improve and enhance the services offered to tenants and residents.

Having been born, raised and now with a family of her own in Norton, Katy is a proud advocate of her local area and its heritage and is ambitious for its future. She sees being part of the Thirteen Board as a chance to make a real difference.

Thirteen Board Director

Salma Yasmeen

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Salma brings a wealth of knowledge of health and care systems and leading innovation and change in organisations and across systems with people at the centre. She currently works in the NHS where she is an executive lead for strategy, change, communications and inequalities. 

Salma has also led policy development and implementation across systems in parts of Yorkshire and London around equalities, integrated approaches and services to improve health and wellbeing. She was also CEO of an award-winning mental health community development charity that she established from a pilot project. It was recognised nationally for developing ground-breaking approaches to engaging people from diverse communities to co-produce solutions to better mental health and address health inequalities.

Salma is passionate about public services and the role they play in addressing inequalities and enabling every person to live a safe, connected, meaningful and healthy life.

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.