Helen started her childcare career in 1989 working in family centres in Leeds and qualified as a teacher in 1999. She has taught in primary schools, nursery schools and within children's centres. Senior leadership roles include: Nursery Manager, Children's Centre Lead Teacher, Early Years Advisory Teacher/Consultant, Early Years Foundation stage Profile Moderation Manager and an interim post as Deputy Head of Service.
Helen in now the Start Well Lead with responsibility for improving quality and outcomes across early years providers, particularly those that are judged by Ofsted as requiring improvement. Helen also leads on the implementation of the government's offer of 30 hours funded childcare for working parents, which was implemented from September 2017.