Corporate Governance Consultant
Charlie Helps is an experienced director and adviser to Chairs, Chief Executives, and Boards of directors. Drawing on first-hand experience of complex organisational challenges—gained in the private, public, and charity sectors over three decades—he is a trusted adviser and strategic thinking partner. He has provided advice, support, and training at board level to more than 40 NHS and other Public/Private sector clients on key regulatory, governance and commercial issues with a particular focus on stewardship and leadership in the Boardroom, the “tone at the top,” and how it affects corporate culture and stakeholder value.
His recent roles include Senior Adviser at international law firm, DAC Beachcroft LLP, and the Centre for Citizenship, Enterprise and Governance at the University of Northampton Business School where he is a PhD tutor. Charlie’s voluntary work includes being a member of The Women in Marketing Advisory Council, a Community Interest Company established to further the career and life aspirations of women and minority groups in the marketing industry, and serving on the Advisory Board of the UK Social Value Portal, and he is also a member of the Tutu Foundation, UK Health Advisory Panel.
Charlie attended university and worked for a time in Southern Africa where he was involved in brokering political negotiations in ministerial, military, and diplomatic circles to dismantle the established systems of Apartheid. The insights he gained during a three year period of duty in Parliament of South Africa—particularly into statesmanship, governance, xenophobia, segregation, racism, fear, and the innate value of diversity—has proven a lifelong personal and professional asset and advantage.
He has brought those insights to bear whilst working in business cultures in Japan, Europe, the UK and Ireland, the USA, and Canada.