Our board

We are part of the Thirteen housing group. This means that Thirteen is our parent organisation, overseeing the business and strategic direction of the partners in the group.

The partners are:

  • Erimus Housing
  • Housing Hartlepool
  • Tees Valley Housing
  • Tristar Homes
  • Thirteen Care and Support.

Each of the landlords has their own Boards – a group of people who ensure that your landlord is performing effectively and that the strategic decisions that have been made are fulfilled.

You can find out more about our Board members below.

Thirteen and the landlord partners are regulated by the Homes and Communities Agency which ensures that standards are met.

You can get more details about governance on the Thirteen website.

Remuneration and expenses

You can find details about Board member remuneration and expenses.

Tristar Homes Board of Directors

  Chair - Mark Simpson Mark is Dean of the School of Sciences and Law at Teesside University. He has a PhD in criminology and BA (Hons) in Politics. He has led on a multitude of projects, most recently on the development of Teesside Law Clinic. As Dean he set up a student law clinic, to enhance students’ employability skills, provide services to the community and enhance links to legal professionals. Mark also sits on the Thirteen Board.
  Steve Nelson Councillor Nelson is Stockton Council’s 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.
  Denise Ross Denise joined the Tristar Board in September 2012 as a Tenant Board Director. She has a degree in accounting and her special interest lies in finance. Denise is very pro-active in the community, particularly with visually impaired people. She is a representative for the RNIB North East. She is Chair of the Customer Panel for Avalon called Avalink. Denise is also involved with Action for Blind People, having been asked to attend a steering group dealing with hotels particularly for visually impaired people. Denise is also an Olympian, winning a gold medal in the Discus event and silver medal for the shot put at the Seoul Olympics in 1988 and a bronze medal for the discus event at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. She still competes in some Rotary Games and sits on the Board for the Olympic Games. Denise is also part of a group called NEET which meets to discuss transport for all disabled people. She is also involved in the interview process at Teesside University’s School of Health for students on social work and occupational health courses.
  Neil Pattison Neil joined the Tristar Homes Board at the start of 2015. He is an experienced senior executive with Cummins Inc., based in Darlington with responsibilities for global business for the group across a portfolio of products. Having been with Cummins for over 17 years, and previously with Electrolux in Spennymoor, Neil has a track record of delivering results in highly competitive service, engineering and manufacturing environments in major international organisations. He is now looking to utilise these skills and experiences for the benefit of Tristar Homes. Neil was born in Bishop Auckland and currently living in Newton Aycliffe with his young family. He is widely travelled but has always been resident in the North East. He has a BEng (Hons) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Northumbria University and a MBA from Durham University.
  Paul Rowling Councillor Paul Rowling represents Mandale & Victoria Ward and was elected in May 2015.
  Executive Director - Dave Pickard Group Director of Operations Dave is the lead executive for Tristar Homes, ensuring the effective delivery of its business and operational plans. He has responsibility for developing and leading on all aspects of managing social and affordable housing within the Group, including services for the elderly. Responsible for income collection, tenancy and neighbourhood management, Dave ensures strong neighbourhood partnerships and high quality service delivery to customers.