Appointed: February 2016.
Skills, career and experience: Helen has significant experience of driving business performance and building businesses in new markets. Helen also brings to the Board a valuable perspective as a serving executive. At the start of her career, Helen spent 17 years working in global businesses serving a wide variety of industries from automotive to household products: 11 years with ICI and the remainder with a successor company, Lucite International Ltd. In 2006, Helen joined Wates Group, the privately-owned construction and property services company, as Group Strategy Director and became Managing Director of Wates Retail Limited in January 2011. Since 2015, Helen has been Managing Director of Wates Smartspace Limited, the enlarged business following a merger with another Wates company and the acquisition of a facilities management business.
Additional appointments: Managing Director of Wates Smartspace Limited.
Committees: Audit, Nomination and Remuneration (Chair).