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. The main focus of the Lab is to support the creation of new ideas and help promising innovations to reach and benefit more people. This is combined this with a wider focus on policy and systems change to enable more and better ideas to flourish. The Lab's work is extensive, covering topics as diverse as digital education, the collaborative economy, government innovation, citizen engagement in public services, digital arts & media; as well as incubating the Centre for Challenge Prizes.

Helen joined Nesta in April 2009 and joined the 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.
We see a growing range of policy initiatives and experiments that are being employed by city governments to support the sharing economy. However, these efforts are yet to be brought together and analysed in a systematic way
Helen Goulden
Sunday, 17 May 2015
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