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.

Bill Carter


Bill Carter graduated from London University and developed a career in executive and non-executive board roles in a range of businesses. He has two daughters, one of whom, Lucy, has a learning disability.

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

Non-executive Director

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

Brian Young

Non-executive Director

Brian, who is a qualified accountant, has worked in the food industry for many years and his day job was representing the frozen food industry as Chief Executive of British Frozen Food Federation.

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 is a Senior Investment Director at Big Society Capital where she leads on Health and Social Care initiatives.

Peter Jones

Non-executive Director

Peter has worked in the food industry for many years, retiring from Associated British Foods in 2013.