Short biographies of each of the Board Members
Alpha’s Chairman Geoff Greenwood has more than 40 years of experience at the highest levels of the National Health Service. A director of finance and a chief executive, Geoff was at the forefront of campaigns to get cancer patients seen more quickly, and to give them a better quality of service.
That remains his drive at Alpha. Always challenging existing methods and looking for improvements, Geoff is committed to helping Alpha move forwards and develop for current, and future, residents.
Away from the boardroom Geoff is a busy granddad, a keen golfer and a dedicated Tranmere Rovers fan.
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.
Sarah joined the Board at the end of 2016 and brings over a decade’s worth of experience in PR and communications within the housing sector. She is currently Account Director at Hough Bellis Communications, working across the housing, construction, charity and energy sectors.
In her previous role she was Head of PR and Public Affairs for Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership, an organisation set up by the government to support and drive the growth of the local economy. She had previously spent six years working in social housing in Merseyside and Cheshire and is focussed on helping the Alpha team raise its profile as an expert in older people’s housing, and drive forward the organisations brand, vision and values.
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.
Our second resident board member is Frances, who became an Alpha resident just over five years ago and joined the Board soon after.
A qualified florist, Frances enjoys taking an active part in her local community.
She is secretary of her local bowling club in Port Sunlight, and also a member of Neston Flower Club. She enjoys theatre going and at present is an ambassador for her local theatre in Port Sunlight.
Dave moved into an Alpha scheme in 2015 and was invited to join the Board as a resident member a year later.
Dave has more than 20 years of experience in the banking sector, before he moved into the welfare state, working in income support and jobseekers’ allowance.
An avid Manchester United fan throughout his life, Salford-born Dave’s main sporting activity is now crown green bowls.
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 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 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 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.
Claire is Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Education at Wrexham Glyndŵr University. She brings to the Board 30 years’ experience working with learners within the school and higher education sectors including senior roles focussed on leadership and governance. Claire is committed to the provision of educational opportunity for all and is keen to support the further development of an inter-generational approach to lifelong learning for the benefit of our communities.