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Senior Leadership Team


Nicola Thomson (Business Support Manager)

Nicola Thomson (CEO)

Nicola joined Options for Life in October 2017, She comes with previous experience in Further Education and Business Support, Private Sector Schools and the NHS. Nicola has had several different roles over the years and has always worked with young people, adults and local communities. Nicola’s previous role was “Head of Operations” here at Options for Life. Nicola had overall responsibility for ensuring the effective management and delivery of the hubs by ensuring all business deliverables were completed to a consistently high standard, within budget, to agreed success criteria, and delivered the expected business benefits.

Nicola is a dedicated and passionate individual and will work hard towards creating positive changes for adults with learning disabilities and /or autism.

“By involving our participants in the development and delivery of our services we want to ensure we continually meet their needs but also exceed these. This will provide empowerment, personal development and opportunities in the local community and beyond”.

Nicola is excited by the opportunity to further grow and develop Options for Life into an innovative and responsive organisation providing excellent services



Helen Marshall (Head of Quality)

Helen started her career as an Outdoor Instructor which is where she discovered a passion for supporting vulnerable children and adults. This passion led her to work in a diverse range of roles from working with gangs in London, managing national youth programmes, training and developing staff and clients, all with the aim to support people to discover their potential. Helen believes in enabling and inspiring everyone to achieve and through support to live a good quality of life. Helen is an enthusiastic advocate for change and is committed to help individuals and teams to remove barriers and achieve results. Helen is looking forward to working with Options for Life and supporting its growth and development.