Meet the board

Simon Conway

Non-Executive Director

Simon Conway studied Classical Archaeology at Cambridge University before starting his career with the National Audit Office. He has worked in local government and in the NHS, where he has worked in both acute and community health trusts, latterly as Finance Director. Simon has also been a voluntary director for a number of housing organisations before working for Thera Trust.

Sarah Clark

Managing Director

Sarah started her career in her early 20s, following personal experience of supporting family and friends who were diagnosed with Autism. Sarah wanted to pursue social care as a career and applied for a support worker role working specifically with young adults. Sarah’s experience spans across day opportunities, community support, residential care and supported living. Sarah is passionate about person centred support and strongly believes that a learning disability should not be a barrier to someone achieving their dreams.

Helena Frewin

Service Quality Director

Helena works closely with people supported, staff and the Thera East Midlands board to ensure we achieve our vision and help people make their own choices. Helena uses her own experience of having a learning disability to make sure Thera provide quality care and support.

Lynn Wilmott-Shepherd


Lynn has worked in Education, the private sector and for the last 15 years within the NHS. She wanted to become a non-executive for an organisation that truly believes in working in partnership with people. Lynn hopes to be able to bring her expertise to the Thera East Midlands board and meeting the people supported and colleagues. Outside of a work environment Lynn loves keeping fit, walking her rather large and lovable German Shepherd dog (Sam) and travelling as much as possible with her husband.

Fiona Daniel

Non-Executive Director

Fiona has worked in Financial Services for over 25 years. She feels passionately about people and had a strong desire to be part of a company whose board truly reflects the people it serves. Fiona’s has a wealth of experience across many aspects of financial services, in addition she brings to the Thera East Midlands Board her practical expertise of implementing diversity and inclusion. In her spare time Fiona loves reading classic English Literature, watching old black and white movies, spinning and keeping fit, and writing.

James Jenkinson

Non-Executive Director

James was formerly Managing Director of a manufacturing business in the West Midlands, which made health and safety products for the handling and storage of materials and safety at work. He has 35 years of experience in international business. He now runs his own consultancy business, advising clients on strategic planning and business growth management.
James lives with his wife on the Shropshire/North Wales border and has two sons in their 20s.

John Ydlibi

Non-Executive Director

John is a Chartered Accountant. He has spent the last 30 years working for Rolls-Royce in a number of Finance Executive positions within their Civil Aerospace division. He is delighted in joining the Board of Thera Trust East Midlands as a Non Executive Director and looking forward to working with the team, staff, and looking forward to meeting the people whom we support and help them live as independently as possible.