Helen has a life-long passion for science and a keen interest in all things food. She gained her undergraduate biology degree as a mature student at the University of Sussex, followed by a PhD in evolutionary biology at the University of Sheffield, where she remained for a further eight years as a researcher. In 2012 she began working in the Research and Innovation Office at Sheffield Hallam University, before joining the NCEFE Team in 2014.
Helen's role is to support the National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering (NCEFE) Team in establishing and developing effective and productive partnerships focussed on research and innovation in food engineering, both in the UK and overseas. NCEFE partners comprise companies and organisations in the food and drink sector, particularly those linked with manufacturing, processing, and skills, as well as academic institutions active in food engineering-related research.
Helen is a point of contact for all aspects of the NCEFE's work, including collaborative R&D, skills, events, visits and talks. She can also be contacted regarding availability of the NCEFE Director, Dr Martin Howarth, and both internal and external governance, including the NCEFE Industrial Advisory Board.
Research and technology expertise within the NCEFE includes a focus on improving sustainability and reducing waste, and assisting manufacturers with efficient food processing techniques.