Alpha's Team
Graeme Foster, Chief Executive

Graeme Foster

Chief Executive

Our chief executive since 2014, Graeme has worked in a variety of senior and leadership positions including senior regulator with the Regulator of Social Housing and Lead Housing Inspector with the Audit Commission.

He has already overseen many changes including securing new private funding, grant funding and moving Alpha to a position where it is able to grow.

Graeme’s career has taken in housing management, resident involvement, governance and research. He has an MBA and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing. Graeme is passionate about the difference Alpha’s approach can make to the lives of older people. When he is not at Alpha, Graeme enjoys running marathons and adding to his collection of really weird vinyl records.

Senior Management Team

Collette King

Deputy Chief Executive

Collette has been appointed as Director of Transformation at Alpha. Previously, she worked for Equity Housing Group as Chief Executive and prior to that at the First Ark Group where she was Executive Director of Business Transformation.

A people focused leader, Collette believes that business success revolves around recognising and motivating colleagues, and delivering real and sustainable value for customers. Coming from a fast paced commercial background, she is committed to a value driven business approach which achieves efficiency and a better service for customers.

Collette’s spare time is taken up with 6 nieces and nephews and Flossy, the Golden Doodle!

Alison Williams

Alison Williams

Head of Finance and Resources

Alison is a real team leader at Alpha. With 30 years’ worth of experience as a finance professional, she brings tremendous talent and knowledge.

She joined Alpha in May 2011 during a time of significant growth and created finance and payroll teams, brought in processes and procedures and secured re-financing of the company loans.

Alison now also takes responsibility for corporate services and maintenance of core professional service relationships including banking, audit, ICT, pensions and legal, along with company secretarial matters.

She is very passionate about her work at Alpha and gives her all for the betterment of the organisation and the residents it serves.

Alison travels the world watching Formula 1 but equally likes nothing more than spending quality time chilling out with her two kittens, appropriately named after her two favourite F1 drivers, Jenson and Lewis.

Zoe Carmichael - Head of Asset Management

Zoe Carmichael

Head of Asset Management

Zoe has recently joined Alpha as Head of Asset Management. She has 17 years of Housing experience, starting her journey as a call centre operator for Wirral Council dealing with repairs. She has worked across various teams including compliance, investment delivery, strategic management and also business planning. Her passion is all things environmental and she was very proud to win the Green Leadership award at the Women in Construction award in 2015 as recognition of the funding and initiatives she had sourced and implemented to protect residents against fuel poverty.

She is a Governor at a local Infant School and also remains an active member of their PTA despite her daughter moving onto high school.

Zoe loves living on the Wirral and enjoys walking her much loved border terrier Lottie on the beaches there. She is a book worm and like nothing more than relaxing with a book (or five) on her caravan holidays on the Isle of Anglesey . She loves to sing and is an active member of Rock Choir, performing with the Merseyside division as they raise monies for various charities. They even performed for us at our AGM this year!

Linda Kayll

Linda Kayll

Senior Housing Manager

Linda has over 40 years of experience in the housing environment and at Alpha she ensures that residents have their voices heard.

She constantly looks to maintain the high standards in our developments.

Linda has worked with homeless people in the past, and managed a hostel for young people and families.

Away from the office, Linda relaxes by taking Teddy the dog for walks and dotes on her three grandchildren.