Helen joined Essex County Council in July 2011 and is currently the Executive Director for Children and Families. Prior to this role, she held Senior leadership positions in Tower Hamlets and the London Borough of Merton.
Helen is a qualified Social Worker, and holds a combined Degree (BA Hons) and CQSW from Nottingham Polytechnic. On qualifying, she worked for ten years for Leicestershire County Council where she undertook a range of social work and managerial roles.
Helen is passionate about effective social work practice and has contributed throughout her career to a range of initiatives, including the Munro Review of Child Protection. She has also been integral to the sharing of best practice nationwide, after ECC was appointed by the Department for Education to support children’s services within other Local Authorities; helping them to continue the hard work and progress they’ve made throughout their improvement journeys.
During her London years, Helen chaired and authored much of the pan London Child Protection Procedures. In addition, she co-authored “Ten pitfalls in assessment and how to avoid them”, as well as the article “Practice needs to be braver, Child Protection and the paradigm of risk”.