Helen trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama and at London University, and for many years pursued a career as a theatre director. She was artistic director of youth and community theatre at Spring Gardens Arts Centre, and founded the Wycombe Swan Youth Theatre, where she remained for nine years as Artistic Director.
Helen has been Director of OYAP Trust, Oxfordshire’s youth arts charity, since 1998. She specialises in devising arts projects that are irresistibly engaging to reach the most vulnerable young people, and in mentoring emerging young artists at the start of their careers in participatory arts. She has become an experienced arts consultant and trainer, and is at the heart of developing and growing national initiatives, such as the English Youth Arts Network and the Arts Awards.
In 2012 Helen worked for Artswork, delivering training and facilitating learning for the Singapore Arts Council, and in 2013 Helen launched her new mentoring courses in partnership with Artswork.