In her 12 years as chief executive of Berneslai Homes, Helen achieved three stars excellent for the association and attained IIP Gold 6th generation.
Under Helen's leadership, Berneslai Homes won numerous awards and were included in the Sunday Times Best Companies one hundred list as a one star company under Helen’s leadership. Helen was personally awarded 24Housing's Chief Executive of the Year Award in 2015 and has been named in the top fifty power players list.
Helen retired in 2019, after working in the public sector for 39 years. She became professionally qualified in housing whilst working for the London Borough of Camden and extended her professional portfolio into Human Resources and Organisational Development with Leeds City Council. In 2005, she became chief executive of South Homes before joining Berneslai Homes in 2007.
Helen has extensive governance experience from being Chair of Leeds Federated Housing Association, Board Director of Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce and Chair of Sheffield City Region Housing Provider Forum. She is currently a governor at Barnsley College.
Helen’s touchstone in her approach to work has always been about the customer being at the heart of everything and ensuring that they influence the strategic direction of services and recognising the impact and influence they can have on their community and place.