Thelma Stober is Head of Legal and Company Secretary at the Local Government Association (LGA), a national organisation that supports and promotes local government. In addition to her role at the LGA, Thelma is also a board member, senior public sector solicitor and mediator for the Sanctuary Group, a leading national housing and care provider.

After studying law at Leicester University, Thelma was called to the Bar (Middle Temple) in 1981 and completed her pupillage at 13 King’s Bench Walk. After a short time spent in Sierra Leone – where she was also called to the bar – Thelma returned to the UK and continued to practice at the private Bar until 1987. After joining Tooting Law Centre Thelma developed a passion for wanting to make a difference in local government.  She later went on to work for the London Borough of Hackney’s Race Equality Unit and in 1993 re-qualified as a solicitor before becoming the Head of Hackney’s Legal Department in 1995. Thelma has since been Director of Law, Governance and Procurement at the London Development Agency, Director of Law and Procurement at the Greater London Authority and Director of Corporate Law and Governance at the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

In 2005 Thelma was instrumental in securing the London 2012 Olympics, but on the day after the success was announced she lost part of her leg in the 7/7 bombings. Despite this Thelma went back to working on the Olympics and was later named by the Lawyer magazine as one of the Hot 100 lawyers shaping the law.