Appointed to the Board in September 2007
Skills and Experience: Dame Helen was Chief Executive of the Economist Group until 2008, having joined the company in 1985. She was President of the CBI until 2011 and Deputy President until June 2012; she has also been a non executive director of Northern Foods plc, BT plc and Centrica plc. Dame Helen was awarded a CBE for services to publishing in 2004 and was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her services to business in June 2011.
External appointments: Dame Helen is Chairman of UBM plc, the Port of London Authority (PLA) and Incisive Media. She is also deputy chairman of esure Group Holdings, senior adviser to Bain Capital and a Director of the CBI. Dame Helen is Chancellor of the University of Southampton and she is currently involved with a number of other not-for-profit organisations in media, the internet, the arts and education.