Helen qualified as a doctor in 1980. She worked in the NHS for 36 years, including 22 years as a consultant obstetrician.
As director of the Foundation Training Programme at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, UK from 2004-2014, Helen was responsible for the education and welfare of 80 junior doctors. She is the founding chairperson of Kisiizi Partners (Registered charity 1079118) and a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. She has a particular interest in projects which address the problem of maternal mortality in developing countries and prior to wjoining the staff at LSTM she travelled to a number of African and Asian countries as a faculty member and course director on the Obstetric Life Saving Skills Course run by the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology International Office and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.
Helen joined the Centre for Maternal and Newborn Health as Senior Technical Officer in December 2016. Her responsibilities include writing materials for training courses in Emergency obstetric and neonatal care, assisting with development of research proposals, implementing training in various countries and programmes and conducting quality assurance (QA) to develop and utilise materials including training manuals for participants and facilitators, lectures, assessment and QA tools. She has co-authored the manuals for the new Comprehensive obstetric surgical skills course currently under roll-out.
Helen is also course director for the Diploma in Sexual and Reproductive Health, the Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and the Masters in International Public Health at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.