Helen joins Creative Support following 30 years in banking, with time at both TSB and Lloyds Bank. For the last five years of her career in the sector she worked as a Bank Manager, and has developed particular expertise in people management, building effective teams, and coaching and development. She also acted as a workplace mediator for the organisation, and is a qualified Mental Health First Aider. Alongside these roles, Helen was also a member of the award-winning employee consultation network ‘The Link’. During her time with the network, she developed a strong interest in diversity, equality and wellbeing, becoming both a member of the network’s Inclusion Committee and being appointed as the Wellbeing Ambassador for the North.
Since leaving TSB in 2020, Helen has pursued the opportunity to develop a portfolio career, combining several areas of interest in the commercial and voluntary sectors. Amongst numerous roles, she has been a magistrate in the Manchester Family Court, worked as a School Governor at a primary School in East Cheshire for over ten years, and chairs their Finance Committee. Helen also works part-time in education in the field of governance, works as a Money Advisor for Derbyshire Dales Citizen’s Advice, and is a trustee of an Almshouse Trust. Alongside these roles, Helen is also the Chair of Trustee for Stockport Car Scheme, a local community transport charity, a Membership Secretary and Wellbeing Officer for her local WI, and a member of the women’s organisation Tangent. Because of her love of theatre and the cinema, Helen also enjoys working as a volunteer at Stockport’s Plaza Theatre.
Helen has an academic background in modern languages. She enjoys reading in several languages, including: French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and Dutch. She completed her Master’s degree in Translation and Interpreting Studies in 2021 at the University of Manchester, and is currently a French Studies PhD research student at the University of Birmingham. Her current field of study relates to women’s writing, postcolonialism, and literary translation.