Helen is Chair of Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre and Patron of the town’s Books by the Beach festival.
She has extensive experience in media and change management. She spent 34 years at the BBC, starting as a reporter in local radio in Leeds and ending on the Executive Board as Director of BBC Radio. In between, she ran Radio 4 and was the first female Director of BBC News in charge of 8000 people at home and abroad.
She sits on the UK Statistics Authority, chairs the Audio Content Fund and is a Council member of the Royal Academy of Arts.