Helen graduated from Durham University in 1979. After a number of years in business development in the software industry she co founded a software company taking primary responsibility for human resources. In 2006 she was awarded a PhD in Sociology at the University of Kent. In 2009 she researched and wrote the report Hidden Surrey. She served as High Sheriff of Surrey for 2013 – 2014 and is Chair of Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust, a member of the Watts Gallery’s Limnerslease Appeal Committee and of the University of Surrey’s Advancement Committee. In 2015 Helen was appointed an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s New Years Honours List.