Meet our staff

Brenda McLoughlin

Managing Director

Brenda joined Thera East as the Managing Director in May 2018 having had 6 years of working in a Senior Management Role for another Learning Disabilities Support provider. Previously she spent 11 years working as a Human Resources and Business Consultant. Brenda ardently believes that people we support should have choice and control over their lives and where they live. She is committed to providing person centered support and to delivering Thera’s vision.

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.

Bridie Stanford

Executive Assistant

Bridie started off as a support worker around 10 years ago. More recently Bridie has managed people's support and led on a project called Skills Around the Person. For the last 3 years Bridie has worked alongside Graham as an Executive Assistant, which she really enjoys.

Alex Burns

New Support Advisor

Alex has worked for Thera East since 2006, when he first joined us as a Support Worker. He works closely with people we support, their families and circles of support to ensure we develop support that reflects peoples’ choices and goals. Alex is the first point of contact for new support and is responsible for meeting new people and designing a support package that suits their needs.

Alison Nicholls

Personal Assistant

Alison has been working as PA to the Managing Director of Thera East for over 12 years. Previous to this she worked in administration and then HR. Alison is very happy in her work and particularly enjoys organising Thera East's annual celebration event!

Benita 'Bea' Bull

Operational Manager

Bea has been working for Thera East for 15 years. Bea has been supporting adults with a learning disability for 23 years and loves her job. Not only is she committed to the people we support but also their families and the team she manages.

Edith Aganoke

Operational Manager

Edith started out in health and social care as a Support Worker about 24 years ago. She has a tremendous wealth of experience and progressed to Operational Manager at Thera East over 9 years ago.

Richard McDonnell

Operational Manager

Richard joined Thera East in 2016 and has brought with him a wealth of leadership knowledge. He is very passionate about Thera’s vision for the people supported living good quality lives. He has experience directly supporting people and leading teams enabling great outcomes. Richard is motivated by people supported and putting them at the heart of everything we do.

Jane Lines

Operational Manager

Before joining Thera East in August 2019 Jane had over 18 years experience working with adults and young people with a learning disability and autism. Jane absolutely loves her role at Thera East and strives to make a difference to the lives of the people we support, whilst at the same supporting her team to keep people safe and ensure that get the very best support to achieve their aspirations and dreams.