Opening Speaker: Helen Walker

Helen Walker_cropHelen is Chief Executive of TimeBank, a national volunteering charity that aims to make volunteering part of the fabric of everyday life and a rewarding experience for everyone involved. The charity specialises in mentoring projects that tackle complex social issues and it also takes an innovative approach to employee volunteering.

Before joining TimeBank in 2008, Helen was Director of Fundraising at the military charity SSAFA and was previously Head of Fundraising at Hospitality Action, the benevolent association for the hospitality industry.

Brought up on the Isle of Man, Helen now lives in East London. She studied for a degree and M.Phil at the London School of Economics before joining the School of Oriental and African Studies as Briefing Officer.

She was inspired to work in the voluntary sector after volunteering as a trustee of a small charity funding a school for deaf children in Tanzania.

On joining TimeBank, Helen undertook a fundamental review of the organisation’s vision, mission and values to define the charity’s core direction in its second decade. A new brand and website was launched in September 2010 reflecting this strategic review. During the last two years – and in a challenging economic climate for the voluntary sector – Helen’s focus has been on ensuring TimeBank’s long-term sustainability. This has been achieved by developing a comprehensive business plan, increasing the charity’s income streams and building a solid platform for the charity’s future development.

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