Helen was elected ward councillor for Southmead in May 2016. In March 2017 she was appointed by Mayor Marvin Rees as the country’s first Cabinet Member solely dedicated to Women, Children and Young People for the city. In December 2019 Helen launched the ‘Period Friendly Bristol’ initiative to eradicate period poverty in the city.
Helen’s portfolio was expanded in October 2020 to include responsibility for Homes including social housing and landlord services.
Prior to being elected, Helen had twenty years’ experience working in recruitment, working with professionals across the legal, finance and professional services industries. Helen remains active in her ward as a Governor at We the Curious.