Lesley Burrows, Chair of The Calico Group Board was awarded the title of Board Member of the Year at the prestigious Women in Housing Awards 2019.
The national awards were held at the Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester on Thursday 10th October.
The awards evening highlighted the amazing work of the many women who make a major contribution to the housing sector, and saw individuals and teams recognised in 22 different categories.
Lesley is in her 8th year as Chair and has made a real difference to people’s lives in this time. She is incredibly supportive of others and creates an environment which builds confidence, encouraging all involved to seize opportunities and deal with challenges in an open and transparent way.
Lesley said: “I have had the privilege to serve as a Chair of The Calico Group for almost 8 years and have seen the Group overcome significant challenges, without compromising on our values, and at the same time strengthening our business to increase the social impact for our customers.
“Providing quality homes and changing lives is in our DNA. Growing up on one of our estates, I am passionate about the work we do as a Group and as a sector. I’m honoured and humbled to receive this award and am extremely proud to be part of a sector that empowers women who are dedicated to making a difference.”
Anthony Duerden, Chief Executive of The Calico Group said: “We do not often talk about our board members, but they play a really important role. Lesley Burrows is passionate and incredibly supportive of the work we do right across the Group.
“Her support and encouragement has enabled Calico to be successful over an extended period, inspiring us individually and as a collective, to be the best that we can be. Calico is a special organisation and Lesley’s role in this cannot be underplayed.”