Meet our staff

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.

Natasha Livesley

Personal Assistant

Tasha has worked for Thera since 2014, starting out as a receptionist at Thera Trust. She then joined the Thera East Midlands team in 2017, as PA to the Managing Director. Tasha is a happy, bubbly person who always tries to look on the bright side.

Yvonne Sandall

Operational Manager

Yvonne transferred from Mulberry NHS Trust to Thera in 2000. She started supporting people with a learning disability in Lincolnshire in 1983 at Norton Lea providing residential and day services, initially in a PA role before undertaking a diploma in management so she could progress to management positions. Yvonne set up project groups involving circles of support to manage the closure of Norton Lea and to support people to move into their own homes within the community.

Stacey Vaughan

Operational Manager

Stacey has worked for Thera since 2011. Starting off as a support worker in Nottinghamshire and now as operational manager for Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire. Stacey tries to face every day with a smile and having a positive approach to life in general. It is important to Stacey that we promote peoples independence and that everything we do is in a person centered way. Stacey thoroughly enjoys working for Thera and supporting such amazing people.

Paul Cooke

Operational Manager

Paul began his career over 10 years ago, starting out as a support worker and later progressing to a line manager role. Paul is passionate about putting the people we support at the centre of everything we do, teaching life skills and promoting independence. He ensures that support is based on people’s own choices, as well as making sure that it is accessible and flexible, promoting ordinary lifestyles. Using his previous knowledge, understanding and perspective of health and social care, Paul is experienced in leading and mentoring teams to provide the very support.

Barry Holliday

Operational Manager

Barry stared with Thera in 2019 having previously worked in Schools, the NHS and with the Princes Trust. Barry loves the outdoors, especially the Peak District and cooking. Barry is passionate about empowering staff and the people we support so everyone gives and receives the very best support possible. Barry strongly believes that people with learning disabilities should be in control of their lives and what support they want to receive.

Helen Broadhurst

Operational Manager

Helen has over twenty years’ experience working with adults with a learning disability, mental health issues, autistic spectrum disorders and also in residential children’s services. Helen started as a support worker and worked her way up to where she is now and still absolutely loves watching how people we support grow and progress - it’s the very best part of the job!! She moved over to Thera in November 2019 and is now part of a lovely team of people who believe in what we do.

Emma Rogers

Operational Manager

Emma is an Operational Manager for Thera in Stoke on Trent. She has worked in supported living for 22 Years.
She originally started as a support worker and took part in the resettlement of Adults with learning disabilities moving from a huge institutionalised hospital (Sallington Hall, Staffordshire) into their own homes.
This was when she became passionate about person-centered living; witnessing this and enabling people to have choice and control was empowering as they had lived in an institution for a very long time. She then went on to become a Team Coordinator, then a Locality Manager and now she works for Thera!
Emma loves her job and gets great satisfaction from being part of large team who share the same values.