Helen believes social enterprises such as Healthier Futures have the passion and commitment to make a real difference in the communities they serve, and grow their influence to tackle social problems for the benefit of wider society.
As a parent, Helen finds it unacceptable that babies born within a mile of each other will have significantly different life expectancies and life chances simply because of the circumstances in which they live.
After graduating from Manchester University with an Honours Degree in Zoology in 1975, Helen embarked on a career in the probation service where, as Assistant Chief Probation Officer, Helen played a key strategic role in the development of substance misuse policy and was a trustee for Lifeline, a charity delivering drug treatment programmes.
In 1999, Helen was appointed as Head of Youth Offending Services for Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council. In 2006, she was appointed Director for a wide portfolio of services encompassing the lead role for the Council on community safety, culture, sport, civil contingency, substance misuse and neighbourhood working.
Helen has been a key member of several Association of Greater Manchester Authorities and also Chair of the Adult Safeguarding Board in Trafford.
Helen was one of the Founder Directors and Chair of the Board of Salford Health Matters, a social enterprise delivering primary health care services in disadvantaged areas of Salford. In 2007, Salford Health Matters was awarded Department of Health Pathfinder status.
Helen retired from her post of Director, Safe Strong Communities in April 2012. She remains actively involved with Salford Health Matters and was also a Frontrunner volunteer for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.