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 Artingdale


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.

Steven Norfield

Independent Director

Steven is currently director of a small architectural company in Ely, where he lives with his wife and son. He came to Thera on the recommendation of a friend after hearing about the unique way the company is run, and wanted to devote his time to a group with a philanthropic set of objectives.

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.