She is a Fellow of the University of Exeter, where she teaches part-time on a range of courses and supervises postgraduates. She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (FRHistS) and a Trustee of the British Commission for Maritime History.
Before studying at Exeter, she worked as a marketing consultant for a range of companies inside and outside the UK. Before that, her main career was in sales and marketing with IBM UK.
A popular speaker, Helen has spoken at several literary festivals and is a regular guest lecturer on cruise ships. She has appeared on television, most recently in an episode of Who Do You Think You Are? She has advised on many TV programmes including David Dimbleby’s Britain and the Sea.
The First Atlantic Liner: Brunel’s Great Western SteamshipFighter Pilot: The Life of Battle of Britain Ace Bob DoeMaritime History of CornwallNaval Leadership and Management, 1650-1950The History of Fowey Harbour: A Fair and Commodious HavenAn Introduction to the Maritime History of CornwallEnterprising Women and Shipping in the Nineteenth CenturyFrom Coastal Sail to Global Shipping: A History of the Steamship Mutual Underwriting Association Jane Slade of Polruan