Executive Director, Innovation Lab

Helen Goulden


Executive Team
Innovation Lab

Join Date

July 2010

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.

This work includes the overseeing the Centre for Challenge Prizes, our practical work to support innovation in Arts and Media, Digital Education, the Collaborative Economy - as well as our work to increase charitable giving through the Innovation in Giving Fund.
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.
Last week, Extant, the performing arts company of visually impaired people premiered its production of Flatland, a Digital Arts R&D funded project which set out to answer the question “How can cultural experiences be created for which it makes no difference whether you are blind or sighted?”
Helen Goulden
Thursday, 12 March 2015
The Arts Impact Fund announced today brings together commercial, philanthropic and lottery finance in a co-mingled fund and will be the first of its kind.
Helen Goulden
Tuesday, 10 March 2015
Today saw the launch of the Sharing Economy Review, a very welcome next step, bringing together many different conversations, demands and ideas that have been bubbling away for some time; including those that were kick-started at Number 10 last year.
Helen Goulden
Wednesday, 26 November 2014
Making Sense of the UK Collaborative Economy

Making Sense of the UK Collaborative Economy