Helen joined Childhood Cancer Support as our General Manager in March 2016. She has more than 30 years experience working within the charitable and community services sector.
Her long-term career goal and passion was to work with charities and community organisations supporting vulnerable persons in our community so she is very privileged to have been given this opportunity to help support our paediatric oncology families, represent Childhood Cancer Support and lead 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 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, operations and conference management.
Helen was formerly 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, increased the support group network by 40% across Queensland and revised all operational processes.
Helen is highly experienced in operations and performance management within community organisations and the not-for-profit sector, leading and working alongside Boards, community groups and colleagues to ensure all operational systems, governance, IT, human resources, finance and service delivery is performing at optimal levels. At Childhood Cancer Support, Helen has been integral in the review of the organisation’s Constitution, policies and procedures, facilities management, human resource and change management, plus instrumental in obtaining over $1.5 milllion of grant funding to improve not only the organisation’s accommodation facilities, but funding to provide much needed mental health and counselling services for our families.
In 2023, her level of commitment and passion achieved National Awards in the categories of Impact on a Shoestring and National Most Outstanding Fundraising Project for Childhood Cancer Support’s Feels Like Home Grants Program.