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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.
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Zoe took over the role as Principal/Chief Executive of Middlesbrough College in 2013 following 10 years as Vice and Deputy Principal.
She led the £70m project that saw the college relocate from across Middlesbrough to Middlehaven in 2008, and the subsequent expansion projects which have focussed the facilities, equipment and curriculum more closely towards the needs of local businesses.
Under Zoe's leadership, the college has grown from £30m turnover to over £40m (13,000 students) with all growth being in skills priority areas and including expansion of apprenticeships from 200 to over 2,000 in the same period. The quality of student outcomes has continued to improve which Zoe attributes to the hard work, enthusiasm and dedication of the college staff.
Zoe is a qualified accountant with a background in the public and private sector and extensive experience of delivering major projects including Public Private Partnership, PFI projects and major capital development schemes. In 2012, she was voted the most inspirational female leader in the country working in further education, by the Women's Leadership Network. A mother of two, she now lives in Stokesley having spent her childhood in Saltburn and worked and studied on Teesside all her life. Zoe is passionate about improving the lives of those who live in Teesside and believes that education and employment are two key factors to achieving this.
Laura is a co-founder of Change & Transformation and works across all of the organisation’s products and services.
Laura started her career at Procter & Gamble on the marketing graduate scheme progressing quickly through the ranks to senior roles, leading to a transfer to Geneva and the challenge of leading a team which included R&D and engineering experts based in Germany. The lessons and challenges of leading multi-functional, multi-national teams are still a rich source of inspiration for her work to-date.
Laura moved back to the UK where she headed up a number of key commercial teams for Procter & Gamble in London. After leaving P&G, Laura spent time at other well-known consumer goods experts including Cadbury and Heinz. Since moving to the North East with her family, Laura has used her corporate, commercial and marketing experience to deliver consultancy projects for clients across the region as well as co-designing and co-delivering our organisation, team and leadership development work.
In her spare time Laura is involved in the local running community, acting as Event Director for the local junior parkrun and organising the annual Yarm Fun Run. She has also served on the board of two major charities in the region.
Vishnu is a qualified lawyer with strong international legal, commercial and banking experience. Vishnu combines both financial and legal expertise particularly in the real estate finance sector by providing advice to structure optimal financing, understand financial and operational risk, and develop funding strategies for corporate clients.
Vishnu currently works at CBRE Capital Advisors to deliver debt solutions for commercial real estate players, providing debt advisory and financing solutions including restructuring and real estate advisory services.
For four years, Vishnu was in the Real Estate Capital Markets Group at BNP Paribas, prior to which he was the General Counsel of GMAC Commercial Mortgage operations in Europe. Vishnu practised as a banking and structured finance lawyer at Weil Gotshal and Manges and DLA Piper for over 10 years.
He is a graduate of the University of Adelaide and started his career as a real estate finance lawyer at Clayton Utz in Sydney.