Our Leadership Team
Andy Oldale, Strategic Director - Corporate Services
Andy has previously worked at the Co-operative Group in a number of senior finance roles in their food business before heading up finance in the funerals business and was also Treasurer of the Co-operative Credit Union for 18 years.
Andy is passionate about delivering commercial success and efficiency to improve the services we offer our customers. He believes in enabling people to achieve their potential and is experienced in developing robust governance and internal controls.
Phil Webster, Strategic Director - Customer Experience
Phil has worked for over 25 years across a number of customer driven and commercial sectors and companies, which include: British Rail, Peel Airports, Manchester Airports Group, Honeywell, First Ark Group and Mosscare St Vincents Group, holding a number of senior roles leading on Strategic Asset Management, Total Facilities Management, Property Refurbishment & Development and Customer Services. Phil is also a Non-Executive Director with Progress Housing Group.
Phil is passionate about people and strongly believes the success of any business is built on highly engaged, highly motivated and empowered individuals and teams. He has a strong eye for detail around business performance ensuring a high quality, VFM and customer focused service is provided within the communities we work.
Clare Beswick, Operational Director - People, Culture and Communications
Clare Joined Equity Housing Group in July 2017. Prior to this she held Executive Roles and headed up HR Departments at Great Bear Distribution, £Stretcher, TJ Hughes, Royal Doulton, Matalan and Sainsbury’s.
Clare is responsible for all HR and communication matters including Recruitment; Training; Retention; Wellbeing and internal and external communication.
Clare is committed through progressive HR and Communication Strategies, to making Equity Housing Group better known for delivering homes and inspiring lives as well as being a great place to work.
Vicki Appleton, Operational Director - Property and Assets
Vicki started her housing career 30 years ago as a Development Assistant at County Palatine Housing Society (now Adactus) becoming a Corporate Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing in 1994. Vicki has worked for a number of Social Housing Providers across the North of England. In 2013 she was appointed Operations Director (Development) for Progress Housing Group and joined Equity Housing Group in late 2015.
Vicki sits on the Board of Calico Homes and is the Chair of the Board at Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary.
Steven Holland, Operational Director - Finance and Business Assurance
Steven's previous experience has centred around two commercial organisations where he gained a wealth of finance experience across a multitude of different roles. Steven worked for 20+ years at Auto Trader and was a part of the transition from a successful publishing business to a wholly Digital operation. He also spent four years at Sodexo running their UK management accounts team at the global facilities management company.
Dan Curtis, Operational Director - Technology, Innovation and BI
Dan joined Equity from a successful regulated financial services company, where he led a company-wide programme of transformational change to deliver an optimised target operating model, £5m investment in enabling technology, a lower operating cost ratio and reduced customer effort to meet customer needs now and in the futue.
Dan’s strong commercial awareness and continuous drive for results is helping to transform the company to deliver improved choice for customers, improved support for colleagues and improved commercial sustainability for the Group.
Rachel Mills, Operational Director - Customers
Rachel has a wealth of experience within the Social Housing sector and joins us from Stockport Homes where she was most recently Head of Maintenance and Commercial Services.
Rachel has worked extensively within customer focused roles, working across a number of different areas including Community Safety, Older Peoples Services, Customer Contact Centre, Neighbourhoods, Estate Management, Compliance and Financial Inclusion.