Helen Willson

Helen is our Strategic Engagement Manager. She is responsible for growing the Society’s connections with Fellows across Wales and the world, whilst also developing and promoting the benefits of Fellowship contribution and collaboration. She is passionate about supporting and connecting people and is also extremely proud to lead the implementation of the Society’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion ambitions.

Helen joined the Learned Society of Wales from the National Trust where she most recently led the charity’s strategic direction for Community Engagement and Participation.During her six years at the National Trust, she was also responsible for initiating the EDI policy for National Trust Cymru, championing the development of a Welsh Language strategy and providing advice, support and training in volunteering and community engagement for the property teams across Wales.

Prior to that, she ran the Museums & Heritage Service for Caerphilly County Borough Council based in New Tredegar where she oversaw a multi-million pound redevelopment of the award winning Winding House Museum as well as curating multiple exhibitions, events and managing a team of staff and volunteers.

Helen studied Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Wales Trinity St Davids, Lampeter and later gained a MSc in ‘Care of Collections’ at Cardiff University which led to her initial career in museums.

She has recently trained as an Accredited Coach. Volunteering has played a strong part in Helen’s life outside of work and she has undertaken many diverse roles over the years. She is currently serving as Trustee on the Board of Directors for St John Ambulance Cymru. She lives in Cardiff with her family and enjoys finding time for creative activities or gardening when she can.