Appointed: Non-executive Director in February 2016. Remuneration Committee Chair on 1 January 2019.
Skills and contribution: Helen has significant experience of driving business performance and building businesses in new markets. Helen also brings to the Board a valuable perspective from her current executive role leading a business in the construction sector.
Career and experience: A the start of her career, Helen spent 17 years working in global businesses serving a wide variety of industries from automotive to household products, including 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. From 2015 to July 2020 Helen was Managing Director of Wates Smartspace Limited, the enlarged property services business following a merger with another Wates company and the acquisition of a facilities management business. In July 2020, Helen became Executive Managing Director of Wates Residential.
Additional appointments: Executive Managing Director of Wates Residential.
Committees: Audit, Nomination and Remuneration (Chair).