Thelma is a passionate campaigner for construction led initiatives in the South West of England and for encouraging more women into the industry at all levels. As a former Regional Officer for the Chartered Institute of Building, she developed close links with all elements of the sector. Among many other posts, she was the Chairman of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Economic Forum, the sub-regional economic partnership of the S W Regional Development Agency and Cornwall County Council and a member of the influential Business Task Force of the EU funded Objective One Programme for Cornwall and Isles of Scilly.
She is, currently, the Chairman of the Cornwall Business Partnership, a member of the Newquay Cornwall Airport Consultative Forum, a Director of the Architecture Centre Devon and Cornwall and was, until very recently, a long time Director of the Devon and Cornwall Business Council, now the South West Business Council. Recognising education as the passport to a better and more rewarding life for our young people, Thelma has been a Governor of both Cornwall College and the University of St Mark and St John Plymouth.
She was awarded the OBE in 2010, in recognition of her contribution to the Economic Regeneration of Cornwall, and supports SWWIC through the wide ranging networks and connections she has gained throughout her career.