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.

Erimus Board of Directors

  Chair - Brian Dinsdale Brian, who is a qualified accountant, had a 40 year career in local government before retiring to become a consultant and interim manager in the public sector. He 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, 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. He is also Vice Chair of the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust. Brian also sits on the Thirteen Board.
  Hugh McGouran Hugh McGouran has been involved in the regeneration of Middlesbrough for more than fifteen years. He is Chief Executive of Tees Valley Community Foundation, one of the area’s largest charities, which is committed to making our area a better place for people to live. He feels that this is a commitment shared by Erimus and is looking forward to making this a reality. Hugh is also Chair of the Optimus Board.
  Michelle Tierney - Co-optee Michelle has a BSc (Hons) degree in Death Investigation, a P.G.C.E and has past experience teaching at Middlesbrough College and working as a Dementia Service Advisor. Michelle is currently working for Middlesbrough Council training individuals with learning disabilities. Previously involved with the Stronger Together in East Middlesbrough steering group, Michelle has been an Erimus Tenant for over 13 years and hopes her role on the Board will help Erimus determine their residents' needs.
  Pam McIvor Champion pool player Pam was born in Middlesbrough and has been a tenant since 1999. The mum-of-one wants to help move Erimus Housing forward for both tenants and staff and has already been involved in a number of tenant focus groups. Pam relishes new challenges and believes her experience as a tenant will help her fully understand how Erimus Housing works from both sides in her board member role.
  Carla Keegans Carla has many years’ experience at a senior level within housing, working in both the United Kingdom and Australia. This has been gained from work in London with Hackney Housing and City of London, in Sunderland with City of Sunderland, Sunderland Housing Group and Gentoo, also with York City and the Chartered Institute of Housing. Most recently Carla’s work has led to her being a founding member of The Ethical Lettings Agency CIC which provides services within the Teesside area. Carla has been a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing since 2001 and won the CIH/Inside Housing’s inaugural ‘Rising Star’ award in 2011. She also holds a number of housing and leadership qualifications.
  Mick Thompson Elected in May 2015 Mick is a Councillor for the Berwick Hills and Pallister Ward. He sits on various council bodies at Middlesbrough Council including the Executive Member for Communities and Public Health.
  Tracy Harvey Elected May 2015 Tracy is a Councillor for the Newport Ward. She sits on various council bodies at Middlesbrough Council including the Licensing Committee and the Executive Member for Environment.
  Executive Director - Chris Smith Chris Smith Group is Director of Business Development for Thirteen. In addition to leading on business growth, developing commercial aspects of the business and opportunities for joint ventures with others, Chris is also Lead Executive for Thirteen Care and Support ensuring the effective delivery of its business and operational plans.