Skip to main content
Helen Wilkinson

Helen Wilkinson is a member of the Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales

Helen Wilkinson was brought up and educated in North Wales, and returned to Wales to live and work in 2010. Helen has a varied professional background. Prior to returning to Wales, Helen worked at the UK level, as a BBC News and Current Affairs TV Producer, national columnist and commentator, and at Director level for national charities and think tanks in executive and non-executive roles. She was a founding member of the think tank Demos, awarded the Harkness Fellowship for mid-career professionals in 1997 and founded elancentric.com Limited during the early days of the dot com boom.

The venture was selected as one of the top ten internet start-ups of 2001. In Wales, Helen has combined executive and non-executive roles. She was an Independent Member of the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board between 2018 to 2020 and a member of the Wales Committee of the National Lottery  Community Fund from 2018 to 2021. 

The Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales is her third public appointment. She has been a leader in the Third Sector Support Wales partnership at the national and community level, leading the Wales Council for Voluntary Action policy influencing work between 2010 and 2016 and sitting on the Welsh Government National Regeneration Panel, Budget Advisory Group on Equality and the Equality and Human Rights Stakeholder Group. Helen was Chief Executive of Denbighshire Voluntary Services Council from 2016 to 2021 and led a turnaround of finance and performance. She was Foundational Economy Challenge Fund Award winner in 2019 and led an impactful COVID-19 Volunteer Community response in 2020 featured by WCVA for its agile and innovative approach. 

Helen is training as an executive coach and launched Wilkinson Bytes Consultancy for her thought leadership work in February 2021. She has written over 25 publications and hundreds of articles on a wide range of policy areas analysing and spotting social trends for forecasting and futures work.