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 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 3 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