Helen joined the organisation in 2019 from Northumbria Healthcare, where she had been the Chief Operating Officer since that post was formed in July 2018. Her responsibilities included overseeing urgent and emergency care, medicine, child health and community services with Board level responsibility and emergency planning and preparedness.
Helen brings to the Board a wealth of knowledge and skill with her experiences gained from working in the NHS since 1983.
She has previously been joint managing executive director (operations) for North Cumbria acute and community services; deputy chief executive for North Cumbria University Hospitals and Chief Operating Officer for South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust. She trained as a nurse and has held a professional registration for 30 years.