A curiosity in psychology, and desire to immerse herself in creative technologies brought Helen to the HITLabNZ after working as a freelance business analyst in the health industry and at UC.
As a Christian, Helen felt a strong call to migrate to NZ where she and her family (of five young men) have become citizens.
Her background is in full project lifecycle application development, enterprise, network and information architecture, data modeling, team and project management. Starting as a programmer in British Telecom Plc, Helen progressed to lead application teams and collaborate with the business to understand and interpret their needs. After having her second son, Helen returned to lead the European data analysis team at Ford Financial Plc (Ford Motor Company Ltd’s lending arm), fuelling her desire to work at the strategic level and a later move into enterprise architecture at the parent company in the UK.
Helen’s thesis research involves user experience of virtual reality (VR) in the health industry, expanding her horizons to the creative world of UX design and seeking to employ technology to directly make a positive difference in people’s lives.
In any spare time Helen volunteers as a telephone counsellor or an adult leader in scouting (scouts.org.nz).