Helen Boardman

Helen has been a senior leader of public and voluntary sector services for children, young people and vulnerable families since 1999 and has acquired extensive experience of designing, developing, leading and evaluating services during the past 20 years. Prior to joining First Light, Helen was the interim CEO for Oxfordshire Youth an infrastructure organisation which has provided support for over 100 youth clubs in Oxfordshire for the past 70 years. Prior to this role Helen was a Director in Northamptonshire Police and Crime Commission where she commissioned 45 voluntary sector community safety initiatives.

Helen enjoyed 7 years as a business consultant, she was commissioned by several national and regional organisations such as, the National Youth Agency, Department for Education, Government Office SE, NHS, Arts Council to improve the lives of vulnerable children and families. Helen has also provided expertise to organisations such as the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence where she helped to devise joint public health guidance for Looked After Children. Helen has helped to develop the capacity of several national and local charities to deliver services. Helen has successfully developed and led region-wide programmes such as Creativity4Health funded by the NHS and BLF which was delivered in partnership with 18 local authorities to help to improve the lives of Looked After Children (LAC).

Since joining First Light 12 months ago, Helen has successfully mobilised a large scale integrated Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Service which operates across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (CIoS) which is delivered in partnership with Barnardo’s. The service has provided support for 4053 victims and survivors during its first year. Helen has a master’s degree in Youth and Community Studies with distinction, honours degree in Women’s Studies and a DipHE in Youth and Community Studies with distinction.