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.

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.

Jenny Garrigan

Non-Executive Director

Jenny's day job is an executive director for Thera Trust where she shares her Learning Disability Leadership 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 develop their opportunities and move on from institutional care.

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.

Christopher Rheinburg

Non-Executive Director

Following a career in marketing, advertising and business consultancy, Chris joined the board of Thera East Anglia in 2014. He became Chair two years later before bringing that regional company experience to the Thera Trust board. He is currently a non-executive director on both the Trust and Thera East boards.

Thomas Harley

Non-Executive Director

A Social Entrepreneur that has founded and built three multi-million dollar/pound companies spanning across New Zealand and the United Kingdom. He is currently the Founder and Group CEO of Get Set UK an organisation that delivers programmes across, Employment, Education and Health and is responsible for delivering over £50m in Government contracts, supporting thousands of individuals annually. Providing opportunity to disadvantaged people to better their lives is something Thomas cares deeply about and is excited to support Thera’s mission in doing so.

Sandy Sahota

Non-Executive Director

Sandy is a Senior Global Manager within the Wealth Management business. She has over 20 years’ experience of working within financial services leading teams in Wealth management, Mortgages and the Retail Network. Over the past 4 years Sandy has worked for the global team which has given her a perspective on how people in different countries focus on inclusion. Sandy is also co-chair for her company’s ethnicity ERG / employee network.

Sandy’s involvement in inclusion extends beyond the workplace as she is also a co-opted Governor at St Albans Girls School, where she supports the schools on matters around DE&I. Supporting people with learning disabilities get back into the community is a topic close to Sandy as she has two brothers with learning difficulties and has experienced first-hand the challenges that families can face in this space.