Dr Heather Thomas originally trained as a science teacher, followed by teaching with VSO in Jamaica and the West Midlands. After raising 4 children and a foster daughter and being a trustee of VSO for 7 years, she moved into special education, taking early retirement to complete a doctorate in Disability Inclusion and Special Needs. She then decided to fulfil a lifelong ambition to work with refugees. Nearly ten years later she has recently stepped down from the senior management team at the Refugee and Migrant Centre in the Black Country and Birmingham where she held a range of positions including Head of Development and Manager of Health and Wellbeing Services. She continues as a Senior Consultant to the organisation, mostly involved in fundraising and development work. She has a particular interest in migrant health.
Heather lives with her partner in Shropshire where she is heavily involved in the community and where her children and ten grandchildren also live.
She wrote the winning application for TSA’s Charity of the Year’ 2020.