Helen Birtwhistle

Helen held senior roles in membership organisation the NHS Confederation for five and a half years - latterly in the role of group director of external affairs and before that as director of the Welsh NHS Confederation.

A graduate of St Anne's College, Oxford, with a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, Helen began her career as an NHS National Administrative Trainee with the then South Glamorgan Health Authority, and subsequently became a hospital manager. She switched career in 1984 when she gained a post-graduate diploma in journalism studies at Cardiff University and joined a daily newspaper. There she became health correspondent and deputy news editor before moving into public relations.

She worked in a number of roles, for a range of clients across the public, private and voluntary sectors, for 20 years, latterly as managing director of the company. She also spent a year seconded to the National Assembly for Wales as head of external communications.

Helen is passionate about Wales and about the organisations and individuals that make up national, corporate and community life. She is committed to challenging inequalities and believes in strong partnership, working across organisations and sectors, and particularly with individual citizens and the public.