Lorna recognised in Queen’s New Year’s Honours List

Posted 05/01/2022

We are delighted to share that our colleague Lorna Weston, Managing Director for Thera East Anglia, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.
Jeremy dancing with Lorna
Jeremy, a person we support, dancing with Lorna at Thera East Anglia’s annual party

Lorna was nominated by her colleagues in Thera East Anglia for going above and beyond her role as Managing Director during the COVID-19 pandemic. She will receive the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) for her services to people with a learning disability.

Lorna’s career in social care began at a young age and she has since worked her way up the career ladder, joining Thera East Anglia as Managing Director in 2014.

Her career journey has enabled her to learn through experience, demonstrating not just her leadership skills but a real understanding of involving people at all levels. This was evident in her approach to decision making during the pandemic, alongside colleagues with a lived experience of a learning disability.

Despite the challenges of the last two years, Lorna’s focus has continued to be in putting the people we support at the heart of what we do and supporting our dedicated staff teams to continue delivering the very best support to people.

A staff member at Thera East Anglia said:

I always feel that with Lorna around, anything is possible.

Gerard Artindale, Chair of the Thera East Anglia Board, said: “Lorna says that she is accepting the award on behalf of everyone who works in Thera East Anglia and the wider Thera Group.

We know this award would not be possible without the dedication, skill and hard work of everyone else in Thera East Anglia. This has resulted in our Outstanding CQC rating, winning the regional event of the Great British Care awards, and other awards and accolades.

I think every single one you should therefore regard this award to Lorna as recognition also of your services to people with a learning disability and to be justifiably proud of your achievement.”

Congratulations, Lorna!

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