Helen chairs the BRANZ and Fulbright NZ boards and is an independent director of DairyNZ and WREDA. She also serves on the Massey University Council and the National Council of the Institute of Directors. She was Chief Executive of the Ministry of Research, Science and Technology for six years, preceded by six years as Chief Science Adviser. Helen chairs or is a member of advisory boards for LINZ, DIA, and the NZ Police. She has a PhD in geophysics from Cambridge University and enjoys keeping up-to-date with the latest science developments.