Executive Adviser in Reputation & Communications, Brand & Marketing, Culture & Strategic HR
+61 +61 401 047 977
High energy, resilient and calm under pressure, Helen thrives on challenge and loves supporting CEO’s and executive teams drive transformational change in the face of complexity, ambiguity, and adversity.
With over 25 years’ international experience including as Chief People Officer, Chief of Staff, Chief Reputation Officer and Chief Marketing Officer in listed companies, she has deep expertise leading through crisis, transformations, and transactions. This, combined with a strong commercial mindset, means she brings a holistic perspective to every situation, optimising outcomes for all stakeholders.
A trusted advisor for complex and business-critical issues, she combines authentic and courageous leadership with a can-do attitude and ability to execute. Never afraid to diplomatically challenge the status quo, she manages tough conversations with insight, kindness, balance and perspective and has a natural talent for bringing out the best in individuals and teams.
Helen has a unique depth and breadth of commercial experience, starting her professional career in corporate affairs, brand and strategic marketing in a global integrated energy business based in the UK.
Almost a decade of consulting experience across the UK and Australia allowed her to deepen these skills and provide strategic counsel and support to Boards, CEOs and leadership teams on transformations and transactions across an array of industries.
Most recently, she held various C-suite positions at AMP managing highly complex, commercially critical issues and business transformation against the backdrop of industry and organisational disruption.
Led transformation of P&C function transitioning from transactional service provider to strategic business partner, improving systems and delivering 10pt uplift in employee engagement and 20% cost reduction.
Reset culture strategy, driving systematic enterprise-wide uplift program with focus on conduct, accountability, and performance.
Led people and corporate affairs merger integration, aligning purpose, values, strategy, culture and brand, rebranding and repositioning combined entity deliering double-digit uplift in both employee engagement and reputation
Trusted counsel to Boards and CEOs across a full suite of complex corporate matters including crisis and reputation management, board renewals, leadership transitions, strategic HR, M&A transactions and regulatory issues.
Drove people and reputation strategy at listed Australian company, providing stability during crisis and ambiguity.
Averted loss of commercially critical business line protecting c$105m NPAT through integrated, strategic business response.
Led successful demerger and listing of UK asset management business.
BSc (Hons) Management Sciences, Diploma in Marketing & Member Chartered Institute Marketing UK, Member Chief Executive Women, Member Australian Human Resources Institute
Financial services, integrated energy (oil and gas), retail, media & entertainment
General Management, People & Culture, Chief of Staff, Corporate Affairs, Brand & Marketing, Non Executive Director and Board Advisory
Crises & Turnarounds, P&C Strategy reset, Cultural resets, Transactions, Enterprise-wide-transformations, Issues & Crisis Management, Corporate Affairs & stakeholder influence, CEO, Leadership & Board Transitions
“Courage is contagious... Daring leaders who live their values are never silent about hard things” Brené Brown
“Remain calm. Be kind” Colin Powell
“I joined Leaders on Demand...
... as I’m the kind of person who thrives on challenge, runs towards fires and loves helping CEO’s and leadership teams work together to deliver on strategy and drive sustainable business outcomes. Moreover, the LOD spirit and values are 100% aligned with my personal work ethic and ethos”
“When I'm not at work...
... you’ll find me travelling the globe or spending time with my family and friends, meditating, trying to do pilates, working on my improving my yoga downward dog or walking my actual dogs! I also love giving back and am privileged to be on the board of a large charitable foundation”