Helen joined Childhood Cancer Support as our General Manager in March 2016. Her long-term career goal and passion was to work with a charity supporting ill children and their families so she is very privileged to have been given this opportunity to help support our paediatric oncology families, represent Childhood Cancer Support and head the team.
The early part of Helen’s career was within the construction, security and engineering industries. Just prior to joining the charitable sector, Helen worked with a major construction company on the redevelopment and refurbishment of Daydream Island. Helen has worked within the not-for-profit and charitable sector since 1991 and has been instrumental in setting up professional administrative processes, policies, procedures and human resources systems for a number of organisations. Her broad expertise includes finance, governance, human resources, grant writing, fundraising, event management and operations. Helen worked a total of 13 years at Australian Spinal Research Foundation in administration, research grant funding, finance and operations.
Her experience includes Operations Manager for major fundraisers, conferences and gala balls of up to 1,000 delegates, Practice Manager of a major international fundraising consultancy, working within the development office of Griffith University, Education Officer at Australian College of Rural & Remote Medicine and Chief Executive Officer of Parkinson’s Queensland where she secured three years of recurrent funding from Federal and State Governments, worked with interstate executive colleagues on the organisation’s national rebranding and increased the support group network by 40% across Queensland.
Helen represents Childhood Cancer Support at Children’s Health Queensland’s Community Collaborative Forums which meets quarterly at Queensland Children’s Hospital. The Community Collaborative Forum was established to enable the hospital’s charitable providers to develop a deeper understanding of our work together as a network and collaborative including opportunities for closer working relationships and potential for new ideas and growth. She is also very keen to see the continued development of Childhood Cancer Support’s profile throughout Queensland and to garner support from the community to help us to continue to provide support for our families.
Helen is a member of Fundraising Institute Australia, Associations Forum, Australasian Society of Association Executives and Institute of Community Directors.
Helen is very appreciative of the role that family plays in support of our paediatric oncology families, is passionate about the work of Childhood Cancer Support and the support provided to our families, and readily acknowledges the support of her husband David and their two adult children Cassandra and Nicholas.