After an early career in the insurance industry, where she gained extensive commercial experience, Thelma moved into the Construction Industry developing invaluable close links with all aspects of the sector. As part of her interest in encouraging women into that industry, she is the Hon. President of the South West Women in Construction.
She gained her Certificate in Management at the University of Plymouth. Former Chair of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Economic Partnership, the sub-regional economic partnership between Cornwall Council and the South West Regional Development Agency, for six years, Thelma was also closely involved with the delivery of the EU Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and the subsequent Convergence Programme.
Currently, Chair of the Cornwall Business Partnership, Trustee of Cornwall Care Ltd, member of the Cornwall Newquay Airport Consultative Forum, Non-Executive Board member of the Architect Centre Devon and Cornwall, Thelma is also Vice-Chair of the Devon and Cornwall Business Council.
Thelma joined the Board in December 2007 and is Chair of the Search and Governance Committee and a member of the Finance and Resources Committee.