Helen was born in Manchester (UK), to parents who were both inquisitive about the world and encouraged Helen and her sister to find out about the world for themselves. In her teenage years, when the questions got too much, Helen’s mum frequently said 'I don’t know. You go and get a university education and then come back and tell me'. So she did. Churchill College, Cambridge, was her home for eight years, and now she knows the answer to at least some of those questions.
Sports have played a large part in Helen’s life, and she’s always happy to learn new ones. Current favourites are badminton, running and swimming, with sailing and diving thrown in when she gets the chance.
Helen currently lives in Southampton near the University where she works.