Helen volunteered at the Orpheus Barn Theatre in 1993 and 1994 on music weeks piloted for disabled people.  Passionate about the power of the performing arts to change lives, Helen subsequently became a Trustee of Music & the Deaf and then Music in Hospitals & Care until 2023.  Helen has also served as a Trustee of a charity providing counselling to disabled learners and worked as a volunteer mentor supporting young autistic adults into employment. 

Helen trained with EY and is both a qualified accountant and chartered governance professional.  She has held senior governance roles in large multi-academy trusts, sixth form and FE colleges and in household name charities including the London Marathon Foundation.  Helen was previously a Senior Accountant at The Charity Commission after working as an auditor for 10 years and as an arts sector finance consultant.

Helen holds a music degree and a Masters in Psychology of Music from The University of Sheffield.  In 2017 she was awarded the Points of Light award by the UK Prime Minister for her role in establishing a project that takes live music into hospital intensive care units, after spending time in intensive care herself.

30 years since last volunteering at the Orpheus, Helen is thrilled to now serve as a Trustee, with her journey back to Orpheus giving her a sense that, in the words of TS Eliot, it is “to arrive where we started/And know the place for the first time”.