Meet the board

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

Christopher Evans


Chris Evans joined the Thera South West board as a non-executive director in September 2016 and became chair in April 2017. Chris was formerly a deputy director in the Department for Work and Pensions. He also works as a volunteer at his local Citizens Advice Bureau.

Graham Belgum

Independent Director

Simon Conway

Company Secretary

Simon Conway studied Classical Archaeology at Cambridge University before starting his career with the National Audit Office. He worked for Cambridgeshire County Council in their Education Finance Department, and then in the National Health Service, where he has worked in both acute and community health trusts, latterly as Finance Director. Simon has also been a voluntary director for a number of housing organisations, including Boston Mayflower.

Sam Holman

Service Quality Director

Sam has been Service Quality Director for almost 2 years, having served as a Non Executive Director on the Thera South West board for 2 years before that. His role is to make sure that Thera South West provides good quality support to people, using his own experience of having a learning disability. Sam has also worked with Devon People First who are a speaking-up advocacy group.

Peter Hawkins

Non Executive Director

Dawn Sowerby

Non Executive Director

Dawn is an organisational development (OD) consultant, executive and team coach and Fellow of the CIPD. She has a long track record in HR and OD leadership, having worked across the private, public and not for profit sectors and operated at director level for seven years. Dawn also leads events as a volunteer for the Devon and Cornwall regional team of the Engage for Success movement. She is a regular blogger on LinkedIn and has contributed to the digital HR publication, HR Zone.

Emma Rooth

Non Executive Director

Jane Feierabend

Managing Director