Our New Generation Board

Our New Generation

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We always want to hear from potential new board members as amazing and diverse as our community.

Based in Burnley, and delivering services across the North West, The Calico Group is a collection of innovative charities and businesses working together to make a real difference to the lives of the people in our local communities.

Our Boards of governance help us run our organisation effectively. It is vital to us, and to the communities we serve, that these boards are made up of a diverse group of people and voices.

This is where YOU come in!

We are looking for fresh new voices that can help us improve our organisation and help better our services.

As a New Generation board member YOU will have a significant impact on the work we do in local communities.

What would the role involve?

You will be provided with an exciting and structured 2year training programme in conjunction with the Housing Diversity Network.  

This will include virtual training sessions, mentoring as well as getting to know our organisation and the services we provide. Over time we would ask you to get involved in discussions: at meetings, in small groups, and with staff or customers.  

You will need to be comfortable reading reports and confident in expressing your views. We ask that you be able to commit around two days a month and be flexible as this could include both daytime and evenings. 

We’re interested in hearing from a DIVERSE range of potential Board Members

We are particularly keen to hear from people with ‘lived experience’, those with a personal understanding and empathy for the work The Calico Group does.

We want to hear about your passion, values, and commitment to our purpose of making a real difference to people’s lives.

‘I wanted to join the New Generation Board Member Programme to show how younger professionals could make an impact at Board Level by offering a greater diversity of thought in the board room. communities. The Calico Group and Housing Diversity Network, have both provided me with the skills and experiences needed to become an effective board member.

I am now a permanent board member on the Syncora board of which I am continuously learning. On a personal level the course has helped me self-reflect and recognise what I can bring to the table in offering a different perspective.’

George Kimmance, Syncora Board Member

‘The programme has provided me with formal learning to aid my own personal development and growth at this stage of my career. The opportunity to network with people within the sector at similar stages of their careers plus HDN’s passion for wanting to encourage a range of diverse candidates created an opportunity I couldn’t miss.

The Calico Group immediately stood out with their drive to create sustainable long-term change and their values were perfectly aligned with my own. Calico have been really supportive throughout and provided a trusted environment where I was able to be authentic and honest.

The programme has taken me out of my comfort zone and give me the platform to express myself strategically. My confidence has also improved which has not only benefitted me at board level but also within my current day job.’


Tim Patel, Vice Chair of the Board at Calico Homes.

What’s in it for you?

This is a great opportunity for you to develop your skills, knowledge and confidence. In addition, you are helping to make a real difference in society.  

The experience would be great for your CV and whether you are working, studying or seeking employment, it will assist in your learning and development.    

In addition, you will be paid an allowance of £1500 per year and any reasonable expenses will be reimbursed. 


Check out our website for more information calico.org.uk about the work of the Calico Group.  

If you feel like this role is perfect for you or even if you are unsure, we want to hear from you. Please get in touch for any questions you may have or to arrange a chat about the programme.

If you believe this opportunity is right for you, please send a brief statement explaining your interest to governance@calico.org.uk by 2nd August 2024.

You are also invited to a virtual open day on 17th July 10-12pm, to find out more about the role. Please contact governance@calico.org.uk to confirm your place.

We look forward to hearing from you!

The Calico Group

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