Meet the Board

Jenny Garrigan

Interim Chair

Jenny is Director of Quality and Involvement and Director of Strategy and Performance at Thera. She is dedicated to facilitating and enabling the leadership of Thera by people with a learning disability.

Simon Conway

Simon Conway studied Classical Archaeology at Cambridge University before starting his career with the National Audit Office.

David Umpleby

Persis Mathias

Virginia Beardshaw

Claire Pearson

Committed to roles with social purpose and a passion for doing business for good, Claire is Director of Business Development, at leading social enterprise Belu Water, a sustainable drinks supplier to the UK and Hong Kong Hospitality Industries. Prior to that she had a 10-year career in the charity sector, including Alzheimer’s Society and WaterAid, leading Corporate Partnerships.
In her spare time, Claire enjoys travel, hiking, food and wine, yoga, and swimming in cold water at the local lido.

Neil Bramley

“Neil has worked in senior leadership positions across the Financial Service and Environmental Conservation sectors for a number of years, with a career spanning Operations, Commercial Management, Service Improvement and Transformation. In addition, Neil has spent a number of years working with businesses and charities to develop more sustainable business models and to support less advantaged young people into training and employment. With family members with learning disabilities, he is passionate about helping Unity Works to support even more people to achieve their goals.”

Tavish Kumar