Helen Wilkinson - Denbighshire Voluntary Services Council - Third Sector
Helen Wilkinson was born in Liverpool, brought up in North Wales, studied Politics and Parliamentary Studies at Leeds University and was awarded a Harkness Fellowship in 1998. She has worked in public policy, communications and social entrepreneurship at director level for over two decades with a wide range of organisations including the UK based charities 4Children and DrugScope, the think tank Demos, and the New York based Families and Work Institute. She has authored publications across a diverse policy portfolio, run her own consultancy, been a national columnist and commentator and worked as a national broadcaster with BBC News and Current Affairs in London.
In 2010, Helen returned to North Wales. She led the Wales Council for Voluntary Action’s policy and influencing work on anti-poverty, regeneration, and European Cohesion Policy 2014-2020 and has been a member of key Welsh Government strategic forums reporting to Welsh Government Ministers including the Budget Advisory Group on Equality, Strategic Equality Plan Board, Human Rights Stakeholder Group, and National Regeneration Panel.
Helen became Chief Executive of Denbighshire Voluntary Services Council in 2016. She chairs DVSC’s Third Sector Influencing Group which meets with public service partners to influence them on issues of strategic importance to the third sector and shared priorities. She was appointed to the Big Lottery Fund Wales Committee in February 2018 and was appointed as an Independent Member to Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board in September 2018.
Helen is passionate about community led conversations, tackling poverty and inequalities, putting people in the lead, building a movement for change through voluntary action and social enterprise and transforming public services.