Helen has been connected to Lourdes for many years travelling with family, her Parish, the UCM, Across and HCPT. Helen works with a number of Catholic charities and organisations and is deeply committed to her faith, family and the work she does as a nurse. Having trained as a nurse at Westminster Hospital in London, she held Sisters posts in Surgery and Critical Care and Medicine before setting up a Nurse Led Development Unit with Leeds University. Being passionate about developing nursing practice, education and leadership, she completed her Master’s in Education and went on to hold posts as Head of Practice Development and Education in Guys and St Thomas and Chelsea and Westminster and progressing to Chief Nurse positions in a number of large acute teaching Trusts. Helen has worked in a number of national roles including Clinical Director and Chief Nurse for NHS Direct for six years.
Having been Chief Nurse and Chief Operating Officer at Birmingham Women’s NHS Foundation Trust, she now holds a joint Trust role for Birmingham Women’s and Birmingham Children’s FT’s, as Executive Director responsible for of Maternity & New-born Transformation and supports the national NHS England programme for transforming maternity, women’s and children’s care.
Helen is a Visiting Professor of Nursing and Leadership at Birmingham City University, a Florence Nightingale Leadership Scholar and Harvard University Graduate.
She is also a Trustee of a Hospice, Regional Nurse for the national charity HCPT and executive member and President of her local club of Soroptimist International, an organisation that works to empower, educate and enable women and girls in the UK and worldwide.
Helen chairs the Medical Committee for Across, and through this, she is responsible for professional standards, clinical practice and safety within our organisation.