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.