Founder & CEO, The Care Machine Ltd.
IMechE Vice Chair, Biomedical Engineering Division & Committee Member Pharma Group
Committee Member, Healthcare Policy Topic Group, Royal Academy of Engineering
Helen is an Electro-Mechanical Power Engineer with over 20 years’ experience in both academia and industry. She studied for her PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Loughborough University. Her early career was in the defence industry were she worked for a number of companies including Babcock International and GE Naval. She joined the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in 2013 as a Policy Manager firstly as Head of Engineering in Society and then as Head of Healthcare Policy, managing all aspects of the Institution’s medical technology and Healthcare output.
Helen founded The Care Machine Ltd in 2018 to provide innovative technology solutions, business management and training to medtech start-ups, SMEs and Researchers. She has worked with a number of universities and companies to develop medtech products and services. She was also responsible for recruiting over 1000 engineers to support the NHS Clinical Engineering services at Nightingale hospitals across the UK at the start of the Covid outbreak.
She continues to deliver thought leadership across the medtech sector, championing the importance of biomedical, pharmaceutical and mechanical engineering in medicine. Helen has appeared on TV and radio as well as writing numerous reports and articles on healthtech-related matters. She is the host of the IMechE’s engineering podcast, Impulse to Innovation and well as being Vice-Chair of the IMechE’s Biomedical Engineering Division and a member of the Healthcare Policy Topic Group at the Royal Academy of Engineering.