Meet our staff

Craig Sutherland

Managing Director

Craig is passionate about empowering people to have an ordinary life and for them to be in control of how and where they live and the support that they receive. Craig started his career as a support worker in 2002, working his way up to Director of Development after roles in operations and person centred planning. In 2015 he moved to a major health and welfare charity as Head of Operations and was responsible for a range of services across the Northwest and Midlands. Craig joined Thera North in 2017 and is looking forward to working with the local teams to continue providing excellent support.

Andrew Bright

Service Quality Director

Andrew is your Service Quality Director. He has over 25 years’ experience working to promote advocacy and rights. As a person with lived experience of having a learning disability, Andrew's role is to act as a leader of the company to ensure that the voices of people we support are heard and represented. He supports the Managing Director and Board of Directors in ensuring that people get the best and most empowering support

Karen Harris

Executive Assistant

Karen is Andrew’s Executive Assistant. Karen is a fantastic enabler and a skilled graphic facilitator with years of experience working together with people with a learning disability. Karen supports Andrew to do a great job as well as contributing her own ideas to our work.

Laura McKinnon

Personal Assistant

Laura is the PA to Thera North. Her work consists of a wide range of administrative and coordination duties. She helps organise, prepare and report on internal and external meetings that are important to Thera North. She also helps plan, manage and implement events for staff and people we support such as the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and other projects.

Sam Hardman

Operational Manager

Sam Hardman is Thera North's Operational Manager. She ensures that Thera North's vision, values and policies are embedded in each person's support plan. She makes sure that Thera North delivers quality support and that we follow all the things that are required of us from Care Quality Commission, local authorities and contracts.

George Walton

Project Manager

George supports Thera North within his role in the Development Team at Thera Trust. The aim of his role is to help Thera North grow and to make sure that we are able to manage that growth. He supports new business and manages them until they are ready to hand over to the operations team. This includes building relationship with families and new people we support and making sure staff are prepared to take on new work.