Calico Homes appoints new managing director

The board of Burnley-based Calico Homes has announced the appointment of a new managing director.

Friday, 24th April 2020, 1:29 pm
Updated Friday, 24th April 2020, 2:29 pm
Mark Beach

Mark Beach, who boasts more than 16 years of experience in housing, performance improvement and strategic development, joins Calico Homes from One Manchester, where he served as head of Customers and Interim Director of Communities.

Mark has helped develop new integrated approaches to health, support and services for older people in the community, working alongside the Greater Manchester Mental Health Trust and other housing providers.

In addition to this, he has also been actively involved in a Greater Manchester-wide project that successfully rehoused and supported 316 rough sleepers over three years, and has been a committee Member for Plus Dane and Bury Red Door Homeless Charity.

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Calico Homes currently owns and manages approximately 4,700 homes in Lancashire, including accommodation for families, individuals and older people, plus supported housing and services for the homeless.

More recently, the organisation has responded to the need for extra emergency accommodation in the Burnley borough, having repurposed more than a dozen empty homes to provide housing for vulnerable people who require a safe space to self-isolate during the Covid-19 crisis.

They are also playing an active role in co-ordinating community hub Burnley Together – which is supporting residents who are struggling as a result of Covid-19.

Anthony Duerden, chief executive of The Calico Group said: “Mark not only brings a wealth of experience, but also a fresh, exciting commitment to improving our overall customer experience. We believe he will help us drive excellent performance in our housing services, particularly at this challenging time when people in our community most need safety, security and support.

“On a personal level, we are impressed that Mark truly demonstrates the values and culture we share across the group, and has a strong vision that will see our integrated housing and support services continue to grow.”

Chairman of the Calico Homes Board, John Inglesfield, said: “We are really pleased that Mark is joining Calico and we look forward to working with him for the good of our customers and the local community.”

Mark will start on Monday, May 18th.