The Board of Management


Jane Atherton (Chair)

Jordan Messer (Vice Chair)

Lavinia Ferguson (Vice Chair)

Jack Gould (Board Member)

Helen Bradbury (Board Member)

Christine Rice (Board Member)

Frances Branton (Board Member)

Councillor Ged Cooney (Board Member)

John Arden (Board Member)




Cllr Ged Cooney, Ged has been a Tameside Councillor since 1990. As Cabinet Deputy for Learning and Achievement, he managed the £300m new schools building programme for Tameside. He is involved with crime prevention, home watch meetings, tenant/resident gatherings and is a member of the Crime and Disorder Sub-Committee, he attends Police & Communities Together (PACT) meetings.  He is a member of AGMA Housing and Planning Commission which covers all housing issues across Greater Manchester and is very experienced in the provision of social housing through his former role as Chair of the Board at New Charter Housing Trust. He is very interested in the ongoing regeneration of Ashton-under-Lyne.

Jane Atherton, Jane has worked in the Housing sector for over 25 years. She has held positions in a range of housing management roles before moving into Human Resources and Organisational Development in 1999. She is currently Director of People and Risk at New Charter Group heading up Group Legal Services, Risk Management and Governance, HR, OD and Payroll and Facilities Management. Jane is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Helen Bradbury, Helen has been a tenant at APH since 2003, and is an active resident within the community, being one of the first members of the Tenant Scrutiny Panel and going on to become Chair. Her work in scrutinising services at APH led to many improvements which have been of great benefit to the residents, the business and the local community. With the experience gained on the Panel, Helen joined the Board in 2014, where she continues to represent the local community as a Tenant Director.

Jordan Messer, Jordan is a chartered accountant and has experience in providing consultancy services to numerous social housing providers as well as clients within the private sector and financial services. Jordan currently works within the Internal Audit team at KPMG and specialises in Risk Management, Corporate Governance and Internal Control. In addition, to his role as a Board member Jordan is also the Chair of the Audit Committee.

Christine Rice, Christine is a recently retired Chartered Accountant with over 40 years’ experience. Christine most recently spent 29 years working for a well-known national charity operating in the field of community regeneration, working to improve people’s quality of life and external environment. She has a wealth of experience of charity finance as well as covering other areas including complex funding arrangements, business planning and large scale financial project management.