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Posted on 9 August 2023

The Calico Group take steps to integrate new generation at board level

A ‘New Generation’ group of trainee board members have been successful in securing permanent board positions on boards across The Calico Group as part of a Housing Diversity Network programme.

The Housing Diversity Network (HDN), ‘New Generation’ programme aims to bring younger and more diverse voices at board level to their host organisations. Training included discussion groups, community meetings, listening to customer feedback groups and workshops.

Tim Patel now has a position on Calico Homes’ board with George Kimmance taking up a position on the Syncora board. Audrey Graham remains a trainee board member on the Calico Homes board and Rafida Khaliq has joined the SWAG board (SafeNet Women’s advisory group).

The Calico Group signed up to the programme aiming to improve the diversity of their boards and ensure their services best meet the needs of the whole community. This builds on the Group’s reputation of being an inclusive employer.

Rafida Khaliq said: “The chance to train up to be able to gain greater insight and confidence was what appealed to me to join the board at The Calico Group. Also, an organisation that has made such a big impact on our community was a bonus.”

Anthony Duerden, Chief Executive of The Calico Group: ‘We are proud to be taking steps that help us evolve as a group of companies, it is vital we do this as we still have more work to do to become a more diverse organisation.  I am delighted that Rafida, Audrey, Tim and George will continue to play a key role at Calico.”

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