Helen Simpson OBE

Chair of York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership

Born and bred in Yorkshire, Helen is an experienced Chair and Board Member, with a track record in leading organisations whilst undergoing change, including enabling digital innovation, business growth and community development.

Her non-executive experience follows a senior executive career with BT where she led digital growth businesses and major deals, developed strategy and built commercial partnerships before leading BT’s volunteering programme globally.

Helen currently Chairs Broadacres Housing Association, a provider of social housing, extra care and specialist provision in North Yorkshire. She also serves as a Trustee with St Martin-in-the-Fields Charity in their work with the homeless and vulnerably housed.

Helen brings expertise in leadership, strategy development, partnerships and collaboration including with government, social housing and charity and community development, as well as a passion for diverse leadership, including helping women leaders fulfil their potential.