Helen is responsible for all corporate
support services across the University, with the exception of
Finance. She is also responsible for strategic planning, she chairs
the University's Equality and Diversity Committee and she is the
University's Health & Wellbeing
Before joining the higher education sector, Helen completed
officer training at The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and
professional training with the Royal Army Educational Corps. She
spent 23 years in the Army and Ministry of Defence, in a variety of
roles, reaching the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Her first posting
was teaching soldiers in Germany toward their promotion exams and
she later held posts as Commander Educational and Training
Services, Head of PR for the British Forces in Germany and HR
Manager at the Army Personnel Centre in Glasgow.
Latterly, she spent five months in Afghanistan where she was
Spokesperson for the International Security and Assistance Force,
overseeing press officers from 19 different countries and
co-ordinating the media strategy.
On leaving the Army, Helen became Director of Strategic Planning
at De Montfort University. She worked across all departments,
ensuring the University’s Strategic Plan became an integral part of
day to day work across the University.
She then joined The Open University as Regional Director for the
East of England, based in Cambridge. Her role was to raise the
profile of the OU in the region and to look at ways to continue to
support students effectively in the wake of major funding cuts.
Helen’s first degree was in Library and Information Studies from
the former Liverpool Polytechnic. She also has a PGCE, an MBA from
Cranfield, an MSc in Strategic Studies from Aberystwyth, and is a
Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
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