Meet the board

Thera East Anglia's board members work together to plan for the future as well as review the work we have been doing.

Gerard Artindale


Gerard retired in 2016 after being a director of a number of companies and was looking for a charity where he could help to make a difference. He chose Thera because of its vision and the involvement in and control by the people it supports.

Jenny Garrigan

Non-Executive Director

Jenny's day job is an executive director for Thera Trust where, in addition to her strategy and performance role, she shares the Director of Quality and Involvement role with Matthew Smith, who brings to the role his lived experience of learning disability alongside his professional experience in advocacy. Jenny was brought up in Angus, Scotland and qualified as a nurse (RNLD) in Dundee the mid-1980s. Since then, she has worked in both health and social care. Throughout her career, Jenny has focussed on working with people to developed their opportunities and move on from institutional care. Jenny is dedicated to facilitating and enabling the leadership of Thera by people with a learning disability.

Lorna Weston

Managing Director

Lorna has been the Managing Director for Thera East Anglia since November 2014 and has over 20 years' experience working with people with a learning disability in various roles, starting as a support worker. Lorna’s role is to lead Thera East Anglia and ensure we provide high quality support for people with a learning disability in line with our vision and best practice.

David Parker

Service Quality Director

David uses his own experience of having a learning disability to make sure Thera East Anglia provides people with quality care and support. He checks that people are being supported to design and manage their own support. He takes a lead on Being Heard that makes sure the people we support can have their voices heard.

Andy Feather

Independent Director

Andy initially trained with Unilever in Marketing, then moved into the international arena, taking well established UK brands into numerous markets. In 2008 his career changed direction when he became a Support Manager for Affinity Trust. Andy moved to the Royal Mencap Society, managing supported living and domiciliary care services around Bury St Edmunds.

Recently retired, Andy says it has been a privilege to support people in the community and make a difference to people’s lives. Andy hopes he can continue to make a difference in his new role with Thera and in the Trusteeship he has taken up with The Prospects Trust.

Joe Burns

Non-Executive Director

My actual name is Anthony Burns although everyone calls me Joe which is my middle name. I am a Chartered Engineer and have worked all over the world designing and building roads, bridges, schools and hospitals and many other things. I have had a lifelong association with people with a learning disability. I was on the lookout for an opportunity to contribute my experience to a charity to which I could identify, so when I saw the advert for a Non-Exec director I applied immediately.

Bill Jones

Non-Executive Director

My name is Bill, I joined Thera East Anglia as a Non-Executive Director during the Covid-19 pandemic. I have worked in advocacy, IT and retail before joining the board. I have lived experience and know what it's like to claim for benefits, live independently with support and understanding certain information among many other challenges people like me face. I hope to contribute and use my own experiences to help point the charity in the right direction.