Chief Executive Officer

As Chief Executive Officer of The Young Foundation, Helen leads our multi-disciplinary team of researchers and innovators to support stronger communities across the UK.

Prior to joining The Young Foundation, she spent nine years at Nesta as Executive Director, supporting, funding and scaling innovation in civil society, social tech, government, arts and education.

Previous roles have included work within 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 then Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), developing national innovation programmes for local government and leading research and development for interactive TV public services.

Helen is also a Trustee of the Big Education Trust.

Helen was awarded an OBE for services to development of sustainable communities in the 2023 New Year Honours List

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The Power of Participation: our vision 2024-28

Publication Posted on: 30 November 2023

‘Raising our expectation of participation’

Blog Posted on: 29 November 2023

‘How can we ensure a people-powered transition?’

Blog Posted on: 29 September 2023

Quest for the ‘S’ in ESG

Publication Posted on: 9 February 2023

A community-led transition to net zero

Blog Posted on: 27 September 2022

‘Communities can power a fair transition’

Blog Posted on: 23 September 2022

An equitable future for research and innovation

Publication Posted on: 20 July 2022

Response to the Levelling Up White Paper

Publication Posted on: 14 February 2022

Doc Brown’s dream and the launch of ARIA

Blog Posted on: 19 February 2021

Be more Michael

Blog Posted on: 25 November 2020

Emerging from Lockdown (Part One)

Blog Posted on: 29 April 2020


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