Mandy Thorn moved to Shropshire in 1993 to join the family care business following four years living and working in Southern Africa. She developed the business, as managing director and then latterly Chair, before selling the business to a national care operator in October 2021.
An interest in the wider Shropshire and Marches economy led to several voluntary roles in diverse organisations such the Shropshire Business Board, the Shropshire Chamber of Commerce and various public private partnership Boards. She joined the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership board in 2013, retired from the Board in 2018 and then rejoined the Board when recruited to be the non-executive Chair of the Marches LEP, a post she has held since Sept 2019. She is also a school Governor and trustee of Skills for Care, a national workforce development charity as well as proudly the chair of trustees of Lingen Davies Cancer Fund.
She was awarded the MBE for services to dementia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2014 and appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Shropshire in April 2021.