Helen joined us as an elected trustee and brings with her over 20 years of experience in commercial and leisure management roles.

As a national level swimmer in her teenage years, Helen first joined the RLSS UK as a Bronze Medallion holder.

Helen went on to have a unique career holding various roles at The Walt Disney Company, including living in Florida working at the Walt Disney World Resort. Helen then went on to work for P&O Cruises in various commercial management and HR roles.

Helen returned to aquatics in 2018 and you will now mostly find her at the London Aquatics Centre in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park where she works for GLL heading up the largest single-site swim school in the UK. In her spare time, Helen is an RLSS UK Trainer Assessor delivering lifeguarding qualifications. She also frequently takes on public speaking engagements talking about her fascinating life and career.

Helen’s love of the water remains. She frequently swims in the sea off the south coast and enjoys taking on long-distance events. As well as being a regular swim coach for various local clubs, Helen now also enjoys being an open water swim coach.

Helen’s driving force to become an RLSS UK trustee was her passion to work on drowning prevention. It is also worth noting that in 2019, Helen became the first wheelchair user to be a qualified swim teacher and qualified National Pool Lifeguard (NPLQ). Helen continues to break down barriers and is determined to make RLSS qualifications as accessible as possible.

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