Helen is the School Head of Performing Arts and Associate Professor of Music at Kingston University, London. She is also a Visiting Professor of Artistic Research and Music Education at the School of Music, in Piteå, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden. Helen is also the Kingston University Institutional Aurora Champion, supporting training of women and non-binary people via this AdvanceHE programme. Helen is also a member of the national level Aurora working group.

Helen is a musician, and in her role she enjoys doing many things. She is a performer, playing trumpet and singing in many ensembles. As a researcher she is a musicologist, artistic researcher, and researcher of higher music education, with a focus on EDI. She has published widely on European music of the last 100 years, on music and dance, and notably on multimodal artistic translation. As a DJ/Broadcaster, she has two weekly shows which are broadcast currently on Radio Wey, one is an audio book, and the other a classical music show dedicated to diversity, equality and inclusion. 

Helen is the out-going chair (after 4 years as chair, 3 years as vice chair and 4 years co-opted member) of MusicHE, the subject association for Music in Higher Education in the UK. She is also the founder (2018) and now co-chair (2020) of EDI Music Studies Network. Additionally, is is the co-series editor, for Routledge, of Music's Interdiscplines, Critical Practices in the Study of Music. She is external member of the Academic Board of the Royal Northern College of Music, and an external examiner for Middlesex University and University of West London, formerly external examiner at Wolverhampton University, Reading University, and Dublin City University.