Executive Director, Innovation Lab
Helen joined The Young Foundation in October 2017. Prior to this, she was Executive Director at Nesta, responsible for leading the former Innovation Lab, supporting and scaling innovation in the arts, civil society, government and education sectors. At Nesta, she also sat on the investment committee of the Arts Impact Fund. Helen's 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 DCLG developing national innovation programmes for local government and leading research and product development for interactive TV public services. Helen regularly speaks in the UK and abroad on the subject of public and social innovation and has a long standing interest in how technology can be used as a tool for social change and co-operation. She is a former board member of the Behavioural Insights Team (aka the Nudge Unit) and holds degrees in Philosophy and Responsible Business Practice.