Helene is President of Pink Shoe, the award-winning network she founded in 2007, which has extensive international links and associated partner networks around the world. Pink Shoe Patrons are The Rt Hon Theresa May MP and Tessa Sanderson CBE; Founding Patron was the late Benazir Bhutto.
A prominent Parliamentary Adviser, Helene has worked at the centre of Government for 20 years, as Chief of Staff and Special Adviser on Enterprise and International Relations; engaging with all political parties as a member of Government think tanks on entrepreneurship and social enterprise. She established the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Entrepreneurship and chaired its inaugural Advisory Board.
Helene initiated the UK Economic Blueprint for Women (UKEB) and national Roadshow supported by NatWest, and led on its first Government White Paper to be published in early 2020. She created the highly successful BoardAble programme improving diversity in public appointments and on boards.
A serial entrepreneur, non-executive director, investor and regular media commentator, Helene is on the global board of Quantum leaps Inc, USA; sits on Advisory Boards for the Institute for Creative & Cultural Enterprise (ICCE) at Goldsmiths, London University; WishKnish, post blockchain platform; FreedomeE, sustainable fashion marketplace; and the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Women & Enterprise. She was previously on the
Entrepreneurship Board for Innovate UK and Adviser to Hays plc.
Having won numerous awards including an RSA Business Award and eight Global Entrepreneurship Week Awards, Helene is a judge for many business competitions, including Entrepreneur of the Year, and chaired the judging panel for Shell LiveWIRE Awards.
After an initial career in banking, Helene was an early-stage investor in several technology companies; established a property portfolio and created a successful food business.
Helene is a Fellow of the RSA; Fellow of the Institute for Optimum Nutrition; Founder and CEO of the Pink Sky Foundation; Trustee of the Tessa Sanderson Foundation; Committee Member of Save the Children Fund.
Twitter @HeleneMartinGee / @PinkShoeClub