Elen is recognised as a leading Board Effectiveness practitioner and writes and presents regularly on the subject of the Chairman’s and NED’s role in creating a high-performance board culture and the behavioural aspects of board performance.

Helen is also a leading organisational performance coach and mentor, and works at the most senior level in FTSE 100 and international companies, and in the public sector. She has a worldwide network of alumni whom she has coached over the years.

Helen’s career spans 30 years in both the business world and the consulting sector. She held a variety of senior roles in blue-chip companies, then in her subsequent consulting career, was Chairman of IDDAS, which she developed into a leading board effectiveness consultancy. Previously she was Chairman and CEO of CEDAR, which she built into one of the best-regarded consultancies in the human capital world.

As Chairman of Advanced Boardroom Excellence, Helen is passionate about standards and behaviour in the board arena and the achievement of individual and collective director effectiveness.

Helen is also Chairman of the Selection Panel for Queen’s Counsel, a panel member of the Employment Appeal Tribunal, (former member of the PCC of the Bar Council), Chairman of KidsOut, and a trustee and fundraiser for several other charities. She was appointed to a Special Appeals Panel for returning Armed Forces veterans.

Helen holds an MA, LLB (Law), is a qualified psychometric assessor and is an alumnus of the ground-breaking INSEAD Challenge of Leadership Programme and the INSEAD International Directors Programme – Corporate Governance Certificate (IDP-C), she is the only Consultant in the UK Board Effectiveness arena to hold this qualification. Helen has also attended the INSEAD Leading from the Chair Programme. She is an APECS-accredited coach and is also a Fellow of the IoD, CIPD, RSA and a Member of the European Corporate Governance Institute.

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