Helen has had extensive experience in research, government and governance. She has a PhD in seismology from Cambridge University and was an active researcher for many years.
She was Chief Scientific Adviser and then Chief Executive at the Ministry of Research, Science and Technology until 2010 when she moved to become a professional director.
Helen currently chairs the boards of BRANZ, Scion and Studio Pacific Architecture. She is also a director of DairyNZ, Antarctica NZ and ClearPoint Ltd.