Helen graduated from Durham University in 1979, completed a Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Studies in 1991 and was awarded a PhD in Sociology from the University of Kent in 2006. She worked for a number of years in the consulting and software industry, in both business development and human resource management. Helen was the High Sheriff of Surrey for 2013 – 2014 and is the chair of Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust as well as a Governor of St Catherine’s School and a Member of the Council of the University of Surrey. She researched and wrote Hidden Surrey and is a member of the Watts Gallery’s Limnerslease Appeal Committee and an alumni of The Philanthropy Workshop. In 2015 Helen was appointed an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s New Years Honours List.