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Helen is currently a Trustee of the Peabody Housing Trust, Lloyds Bank Foundation, Chair of Recovery Focus and Non-Executive Director of the Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust. From 2002 to 2016, Helen held various roles in Central Govt departments including the Home Office, Ministry of Justice and Dept for Communities and Local Government. At DCLG she was the Deputy Permanent Secretary and Director General for Local Government and Public Services. Over the 20 years prior to her time in Government she was at Save the Children and then NACRO, the social justice charity, latterly as CEO. Helen started her career as a social worker in East Sussex.