Helen has worked in international development for thirty years, specialising in advocacy, policy research, and public campaigning. She was Head of Advocacy at Christian Aid 2002-05 and currently works part-time at Christian Aid as a Campaigns Strategy Lead, overseeing campaigns on climate change and tax justice. As an Independent Consultant in the other half of her week, she undertakes advocacy training, evaluations of advocacy programmes, scoping studies and applied policy research.
She has been an INTRAC Associate since 2008, training civil society in advocacy skills in Armenia, Laos, Liberia, South Sudan, and Northern Ireland, amongst others. Since 2010 she has provided long-term advocacy strategy support to: women’s rights organisations in the Middle East, Palestinian human rights organisations, African and Latin American civil society organisations (CSOs) advocating in the oil sector, a bi-communal peace network in Cyprus, and a group of CSOs in Bosnia-Herzegovina. She has written several advocacy toolkits for different organisations.