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, Risk and Remuneration

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 working in the Executive Team at Hundred Houses Society based in Cambridge as the Interim Operations Director. He was previously the Group Director of Assets and Development at Torus 62 Ltd.

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.

Gill Bennett

Gill Bennett

Board Member

Gill joined the Board in 2018 with over 30 years of experience working at a senior level in various housing organisations in the North West and serving on the Board of an Arm’s Length Management Organisation in Leeds. 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. 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 and, since her retirement from paid employment, also volunteers on a refugee resettlement project in Manchester.

Peter Gibbs, Board Member (Co-Optee)

Peter Gibbs

Board Member

Pete has 30 years’ experience in the field of Strategic Human Resource Management. He has extensive private and public sector experience holding positions in large blue-chip companies and in numerous Higher Education Institutions. Currently the Executive Director of Human Resources at Wrexham Glyndwr University, Pete joins us after an 11 year tenure as Trustee and Board Member for Creative Support, where he Chaired the HR Committee. He has excellent knowledge and experience of Governance issues having experienced governance processes from both an officer and Board member perspective. A Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, the professional body for HR and People Development, Pete is looking forward to getting stuck into the role and making a difference and contributing to the ongoing growth and success of Alpha.

Dawn Morris, Board Member (Co-Optee)

Dawn Morris

Board Member

Dawn has worked in the finance sector for over 30 years and is a partner of a Licenced Accountancy and Business Consultancy service working nationally. She has over 20 years experience of working for a local Housing Association and has recently been appointed as Financial Controller of Zeus Tech Solutions Ltd.

Dawn is Treasurer and Trustee of Mandela8 Charity and Secretary and Committee Member of Black Fundraisers UK (a Special Interest Group of Chartered Institute of Fundraising). Dawn is passionate about Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and dedicates her time to advance social and economic prospects for Black and Ethnic Communities; helping individuals, communities, and organisations to achieve their potential.

In her down-time, she enjoys walking, travelling and soul/RnB music.