Helen Pitcher OBE


“I support KidsOut because I passionately believe all children deserve some fun and happiness in their life. Without this essential element their ability to learn and grow can be seriously affected. Their trust in adults can also be fractured in a way that they might never recover from. We owe it to the children to give them access to fun, love and nurture.”

Helen is recognised as a leading board effectiveness practitioner. She writes and presents regularly on the subject of the chairman’s and NED’s roles in creating a high-performance board culture and the behavioural aspects of board performance. A leading organisational performance coach and mentor, Helen works at the most senior level in FTSE 100, international companies and in the public sector. She has a worldwide network of alumni whom she has coached over the years.

Helen’s career spans 30 years in the business world and the consulting sector. She has held a variety of senior roles in blue-chip companies. In her subsequent consulting career Helen was Chairman of IDDAS a leading board effectiveness consultancy, and previously she was Chairman and CEO of CEDAR which she built into one of the best-regarded consultancies in the human capital world. Helen is currently chairman of Advanced Boardroom Excellence, a board effectiveness consultancy which is passionate about standards and behaviour in the board arena and the achievement of individual and collective director effectiveness.

Helen has recently been appointed as the senior independent director at United Biscuits. Helen is also chairman of the Selection Panel for Queen’s Counsel, a panel member of the Employment Appeal Tribunal, former member of the PCC of the Bar Council, chairman of KidsOut, and a trustee and fundraiser for several other charities.  She was appointed to a Special Appeals Panel for returning Armed Forces veterans and has recently been appointed to the Board of the International Women’s Forum, UK.

Helen holds an MA, LLB (Law), is a qualified psychometric assessor and is an alumnus of the ground-breaking INSEAD Challenge of Leadership Programme and the INSEAD International Directors Programme – Corporate Governance Certificate (IDP-C), she is the only Consultant in the UK Board Effectiveness arena to hold this qualification. Helen has also attended the INSEAD Leading from the Chair Programme. She is an APECS-accredited coach and is also a Fellow of the IoD, CIPD, RSA and a Member of the European Corporate Governance Institute.

Helen Pitcher was awarded an OBE in the 2015 Queen’s birthday honours list for services to Business.