Our Board

Short biographies of each of the Board Members

Claire Taylor - Chair

Claire Taylor


Claire brings to the Board 30 years’ experience working within the education sector across the UK including senior roles focussed on leadership and governance and is currently Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Education at Wrexham Glyndŵr University. She is committed to seeing positive change made for individuals, organisations and communities and is involved in several key networks that are particularly focussed on addressing issues of social inequality locally, regionally and nationally. Claire is passionate about a values-led approach to organisational development, to ensuring that our approaches have health and wellbeing at the core and to facilitating a sense of shared purpose through meaningful collaboration and partnership working.

Mr Kieran Timmins, Vice Chair

Kieran Timmins

Chair of Audit and Remuneration Committee

Kieran is a very experienced Finance Director who has worked in Merseyside public sector organisations for over 20 years including being Deputy Chief Executive and Treasurer for Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority where he had a national profile supporting the Local Government Association and the Chief Fire Officer’s association. Kieran has worked as FD at a number of Housing Associations and is currently Group Finance Director at Prima Housing Group.

Mr Dan Bradley, Board Member

Dan Bradley

Board Member

Dan brings extensive knowledge to the Alpha boardroom as he is currently the Group Director of Asset Management and Development for Torus 62 Ltd - who have over 22,000 homes in the North West of England.

Another keen cyclist, since joining the Board in 2016 Dan has been involved in the asset management working group which is aiming to understand better how Alpha’s stock is performing.

Dr Janet Atherton

Janet Atherton

Board Member

Janet is a public health doctor who comes to Alpha with nearly twenty years experience working at Director level in the NHS, local government and the voluntary sector.

She has been Director of Public Health in both Wirral and Sefton, was a founder member of the local Champs public health network and served as President of the Association of Directors of Public Health.

In 2015 Janet was awarded an OBE for her services to public health.

Janet currently works part time as a senior adviser to Public Health England and runs her own leadership consultancy. She is also a trustee of Cycling UK - the national cycling charity.

She moved to Wirral 23 years ago, and in her spare time can be found cycling the lanes of Wirral and beyond, discovering new places while touring on her bike.

Lorri Holding

Lorri Holding

Board Member

Lorri Holding has worked in the Supported Housing sector for over 25 years commissioning and developing a range of Young & Older Persons supported and care related accommodation.

Lorri currently works as the Strategic Housing Consultant for a number of specialist housing providers who focus on complex clients from Leaving Care and Asylum-seeking young people within the North West.

She is passionate about shaping services to deliver high quality housing related support that produces planned, tangible and measured outcomes.

Lorri has sat on a range of boards over the years, more recently Arawak Housing Association in Manchester where she also chaired the Remuneration and Selection Committee for 9 years.

In her down time, Lorri volunteers for a number of LGBT and homelessness charities and delivers a weekend street support team in city centre Manchester that work directly with those affected by homelessness, illness and mental health issues.

Sue Lorimer

Sue Lorimer

Board Member

Sue Lorimer is a finance professional spending most of her career on NHS boards at director level in Merseyside and Cheshire. She is a firm believer in using strong financial performance as an enabler to improve services and has been heavily involved in major capital projects the most recent of which was securing government approval for the new Alder Hey children’s hospital in Liverpool. She has also worked in NHS oversight and regulation for the NHS Trust Development Authority (later NHS Improvement) and was finance lead for the North of England until her retirement from full time work in 2016. She has been a non-executive director of Wirral University Hospitals since 2017.

Sue has maintained a keen interest in training and development throughout her career, spending 9 years on the board of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and was national president in 2015. Sue is a native Liverpudlian and lives in Liverpool with her partner John and her 2 cats.

Gill Bennett

Gill Bennett

Board Member

Gill joined the Board in 2018 with over 30 years of experience working at a senior level in housing organisations. She also spent eight years working for the Audit Commission, where she inspected housing services and led a number of improvement projects in poorly performing organisations.

Gill is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing and is currently Head of Business Excellence at Stockport Homes. In the past, she has served as Board Member and as Chair of the Service Excellence Sub-Committee at Aire Valley Homes. Her particular focus is on engaging customers and communities in decision making and ensuring services meet their needs.

Away from the Boardroom Gill is a keen photographer, beekeeper and gardener.