Meet the board

The board, along with the Managing Director and Service Quality Director, prepare Thera East for the future whilst ensuring the quality of what we do every day.

Ian Thurgood


Former joint chief executive of a British food company, Ian teaches leadership and provides marketing insight for a wide range of organisations. Ian is a Lord's Taverner and enjoys family life, writing, rock music and long-distance walking.

Sally Carpenter

Non-Executive Director

Sally is an experienced public relations consultant who has worked in the financial sector, in food production and in the hospitality industry in the UK and overseas. As an occasional trainer, she has encourages people to build their confidence by working on their personal presentation skills and learning about the media. Her interests include walking by water, the garden, developing recipes and arranging church flowers.

Tracey Grimbley

Non-Executive Director

Tracey qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 2011 and has specialised in investment accounting in the commercial sector and in financial management in the public sector.
As Assistant Head of Finance, Tracey currently works for NHS England (NHSE) and with Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to commission Primary Care Services.
Tracey lives in Colchester and enjoys the theatre, mentoring and gardening.

Neil Yeomans

Non-Executive Director

Neil has recently retired having spent over 30 years working in audit and accounting for one of the largest global professional services firms and was a partner for the last 20 years.
He has travelled extensively and worked in Australia for 2 years and Poland for 3 years. Neil is a qualified Chartered Accountant and as well as having skills in financial management and control, he has experience in project management, risk management and governance.
Neil has a number of other charitable and voluntary roles, including being a school governor, which are based on providing equality of opportunity and care and support for people with a learning disability. He also acts as a mentor to university students and business start-up entrepreneurs.

Jenny Garrigan

Non-Executive Director

Jenny's day job is an executive director for Thera Trust where she shares her Quality and Involvement role with Matthew Smith, who brings his lived experience of learning disability to the role alongside his work in advocacy. Jenny was born and 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

Brenda McLoughlin

Managing Director

Graham Skidmore

Service Quality Director

Graham has been a Service Quality Director for 10 years. He works alongside the Managing Director to run the company with the Thera East board. Graham and his Executive Assistant, Bridie, visit people supported by Thera East to make sure they are happy with their support and share helpful information with them.