Chair - Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Helen Phillips became Chair of the Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust on 1 April 2015.
Following a 20 year career as an Environmental regulator and subsequently as an Executive Board Director of Yorkshire Water, Dr Helen Phillips now holds a number of national and regional non-executive roles.
Now in her second term as Chair of Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, she has since 2017 also chaired the Legal Services Board, the oversight regulator of the legal sector. In 2018 Helen was appointed to the Board of Social Work England, the new professional standards body for social work which assumes its powers in 2019. Helen is also Chair of a Jesuit Trust comprising two independent schools, Mount St Marys College and Barlborough Hall School. Additionally Helen is a member of the Sheffield Business School Advisory Board.
Helen’s executive career included senior roles with the Environment Agency, in Wales and England, following which she was appointed as the first Chief Executive of Natural England in 2006.
Educated at Mount Anville in Dublin, Helen graduated from University College Dublin as a zoologist, and where she also took her PhD in freshwater biology. Helen is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology.