What I do
Helen is Executive Director in Nesta’s Innovation Lab, where she oversees the design and delivery of programmes to test new models for supporting and scaling social and environmental innovation with a particular focus on digital and open innovation.
Helen joined Nesta in April 2009. Since then she has led a portfolio of programmes including on methods for diffusing community led approaches to tackling climate change, the use of collaborative digital technologies in public services and supporting local authorities to develop and implement innovation strategies and capabilities. Helen joined Nesta's executive team in May 2013.
Before joining Nesta, Helen worked in the private sector developing digital strategies and solutions for global corporate clients. She spent five years consulting in the Cabinet Office, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Communities and Local Government developing national innovation programmes for local government and leading research and product development for interactive television services.
Helen has a particular interest in sustainability, the future of food, agro-forestry and holds an MSc in Responsibility & Business Practice.