Helen is passionate about inclusion, staff engagement, health and wellbeing, leadership and organisational development. She champions the importance of workforce in the transformation of the health services and the reduction of health inequalities. Helen joined the NHS as a medical staffing officer in 1987 and has worked in many and varied roles within human resources and organisational development ever since. Helen worked in a range of NHS settings and was at the Royal Marsden during its transition into a first wave Foundation Trust. In 2005 she became Director of Workforce and Corporate Affairs for City and Hackney Teaching Primary Care trust.
Helen remained in East London and led the HR transition during the clustering of PCTs. Helen continued as Director of People and Organisational Development leading the HR, Organisational Development and Communications teams for NHS East London and the City Cluster, eventually taking on the responsibilities for Outer North East London cluster as well, covering the eight East London boroughs. Helen lead the people transition and closure processes of the seven PCTs on 31st March 2013, supporting the formation of 7 CCGs, a CSU and the transfer of staff to these organisations as well as to 8 local authorities and NHS England. In late 2012 Helen was appointed as Regional Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development, (London) for NHS England and has led work nationally on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, as well as chairing the NHS England Trade Union Partnership Forum in 2013 and establishing the London Regional Teams. Helen is the Workforce SRO for Healthy London Partnership leading the work to develop a workforce strategic framework for London with CCGs, providers and HEE. Helen holds a degree in Food Science and Business Studies from King's College, University of London. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.