Executive and Leadership Teams

Executive team

By working closely with our Boards, our Executive team continually review our strategic direction, and consider new opportunities and approaches that will help our organisation to grow so we can make a real difference to even more people’s lives.

Anthony Duerden, Chief Executive

(01282) 686499

Twitter: @Calico_Anthony

Anthony returned to The Calico Group as Director of Customer Services in 2011 after working for Community Gateway Association for three years as Head of Property Services.  Anthony, who is a qualified accountant, had previously worked at Calico as Head of Finance before he made the move into Asset Management. Anthony is a former member of the Board of Lancashire Housing Partnership Ltd. Anthony is also a White Ribbon UK ambassador.

Helen Thompson, Executive Director of Group Operations

BA (Hons), MSc, CIHM

(01282) 686431

Twitter: @HelenT_Housing

Helen is the Executive Director of Group Operations at Calico, responsible for the delivery of all of the Groups’ services across the North West including affordable housing, construction, development, support, skills, employment and training, and care. Before gaining this role in 2018, Helen held a number of senior positions within the Calico Group with specialisms in neighbourhoods, communities and customer services. Helen is also an Executive Board member of Ring Stones – Maintenance and Construction.

Prior to joining Calico, Helen spent 7 years at Places for People in a range of housing roles including working directly with customers as a neighbourhood officer.

Helen has an MSc from De Montfort University in Business for Housing, a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Manchester University and an ILM 7 qualification in Leadership Coaching and Mentoring.

Vicki Howard, Executive Director of Organisational Development

Bsc (Hons) MCIPD

(01282) 686481

Twitter: @calico_vicki

Vicki has almost 30 years experience as an HR professional, initially in the Transport and Retail sectors before joining Burnley Borough Council in 1998. She was part of the project team that delivered the Housing Stock Transfer in 2000, and has since played an instrumental role in the growth and success of The Calico Group.

Vicki has been responsible for delivering a People Strategy that recognises staff engagement as the route to business success, developing a values led organisation where people are happy and can thrive.

Vicki is also a licensed practitioner in psychometric tools, notably the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, which she uses extensively in the organisation to develop individuals and teams.

Steve Aggett, Executive Director of Group Finance

(01282) 686335

Twitter: @calico_steve

Steve has almost 30 years of finance and business experience.  He started his career in audit and advisory at KPMG in Manchester, where he worked across both the commercial and not for profit sectors, eventually leading the Northern Housing Practice.

Steve joined Calico from Your Housing Group, where he was Divisional Finance Director responsible for approx. £120m turnover and leading a commercial business partner approach to finance.  Steve is responsible for developing and leading our financial strategy across Calico, which will support the continued growth and success of each company and the Group as a whole.


Ann-Marie Thornley

Head of ICT

(01282) 686354

Darryl Baker

Head of Communications

(01282) 686476

Twitter: @Calico_Darryl

Emma Knape

Company Lead – Delphi Medical

01253 205158

Twitter: @emmaknape

Helen Gauder

Managing Director – SafeNet

Twitter: @helenberry3

Kirsty Fanshawe

Group Head of Business Development

(01282) 686756

Twitter: @KirstyCalico

Mark Beach

Managing Director: Calico Homes


Stacey Garvin

Head of Homelessness and Prevention

01282 686778

Twitter: @calico_stacey

Philip Jones

Director of New Services

(01282) 686495

Twitter: @Calico_Phil

James Macaree

Managing Director – Ring Stones

(01282) 686427

Steven Noonan

Operational Finance Director

(01282) 686442

Chloe Christian

Director of Corporate Finance

(01282) 686341

Katie Willan

Head of HR

(01282) 686371

Twitter: @Calico_HR

Wendy Malone

Director of Development

(01282) 686411

Sam Howarth

Head of Social Impact

Tel: 01282 686319

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