Thea joined Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust in October, 2014. Previously Thea was Chief Executive of Carers Trust, a post which she held from September 2012. Thea has also worked at a senior level in the public sector across England and Scotland over the past 12 years. Previous roles have included Chief Executive of Yorkshire Forward and Chief Executive of one of the former primary care trusts in Leeds, as well as working in public health and primary care commissioning. Thea started her career as a clinical psychologist working in homelessness and drug and alcohol services.