Helen grew up in Oldham with a passion for sport and physical activity, getting involved in every sport possible in and outside of school. This enthusiasm for sport led her to Loughborough University to complete a degree in Sport and Exercise Science, as well as to represent the university at netball.
Upon graduating from university in 2006, Helen worked as a Community Coach at Wigan Sports Development for a year, before progressing to a Sports Development Officer position within the same organisation. This role particularly focussed on building NGB relationships and the development of young talented sports people within the borough by developing support systems for those most in need.
In 2011, Helen moved to Birmingham to take up a role with England Squash & Racketball as the West Midlands Regional Manager, whereby she worked closely with the public, private and voluntary sectors to drive the increase in participation in the sport.
In 2015, Helen began working for Sport Birmingham and Birmingham City Council’s Wellbeing Service in a joint role as the NGB Manager. This role was created to build a strong relationship between the two organisations and to ensure that sporting provision through NGB organisations met the local need and engaged some of the most deprived residents within the city. This challenged NGBs to work in a new way and often led to the development of programmes quite far removed from the traditional version of the sport.
Upon the creation of The Active Wellbeing Society, Helen continued in a joint role along with Sport Birmingham, however with a wider remit of engaging with a range of partners and organisations at a local, regional and national level in the role of Senior Partnerships Manager.
Through this role she identifies new partnerships that bring the opportunity to collaborate in order to have maximum impact on increasing physical activity and creating stronger, more resilient communities.
Helen continues to keep active by regularly running, going to the gym, and chasing her young daughter around! Helen is deeply passionate about the power of sport and physical activity, and the impact that it can have on people’s lives, with it shaping the person that she is today.