Meet the board

Thera Trust has an equal executive team made up of four directors each with equal responsibility for decision making. Three of the roles are held by appropriately qualified and experienced leaders with the fourth role being held by someone who brings their experience of having a learning disability, along with their previous work experience, to the role.

Simon Conway

Director of Strategy and Company Secretary

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

Jenny Garrigan

Director of Quality and Involvement

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.

Matthew Smith

Director of Quality and Involvement

Matthew Smith shares the Director of Quality and Involvement role with Jenny. Matthew brings both his personal and professional experience to the director role in Thera, ensuring that the quality of support Thera provides is monitored and that people are fully involved in the planning and delivery of their support.

Karen Boyce-Dawson

Director of Operations

As Director of Operations, Karen ensures that Thera has the resource and capability to deliver the best quality support in line with Thera’s vision.  Over recent years this has meant leading on the review and re-design of management structures, operational systems and processes and implementation of group performance management frameworks.

Mike Morgan

Senior Independent Director

A physics graduate, Mike spent most of his first career with Northern Foods including 16 years on the main board as HR Director.

Christopher Rheinberg

Non-Executive Director and Interim Chair

Chris’s career spans marketing, advertising and communications acting as client service director on UK and Europe wide campaigns. While running his own marketing consultancy, he joined the board of Thera East Anglia in 2014 and became Chair two years later.

Michelle McDermott

Co-Chair

Michelle McDermott is Co-Chair of the Thera Trust board, alongside Sally Warren. 

Sally Warren

Co-Chair

Sally Warren is Co-Chair of the Thera Trust board, alongside Michelle McDermott.

Martin Pilkington

Non-Executive Director

After graduating from Cardiff University with a degree in Journalism, Martin spent five years working in the financial services industry.

Christine Chang

Non-Executive Director

Christine Chang is Deputy CIO at Big Society Capital and is a member of its Executive Committee and Investment Committee.

Jill Parker

Non-Executive Director

Jill has a background in delivering care and support services and now provides consultancy around social care policy, quality and practice.

John Blundell

Non-Executive Director

John has worked in the U.K. Financial Services Industry for 35 years and is currently the Managing Director of the U.K. General Insurance business within the Ecclesiastical Group.