Helen was born in Blaina and comes from many generations of mining families. Her father was a safety officer at Roseheyworth Colliery in Abertillery and all her family remain living in small towns in Gwent.
Much to the surprise of her family Helen wanted to be a lawyer and longed to be a barrister. She was educated in Gwent, was the only person in her family to go onto tertiary education and obtained her law degree from Leicester University.
After University Helen completed her professional training in London before returning to Wales to practice. She was called to the Bar in 1982 and was the first female tenant at 30 Park Place, Barristers Chambers in Cardiff. At that time most of Helen’s work was in the small courts in Gwent and she practised in family law until 2000 when she was made a Recorder (part time judge). She took up a full time appointment as a Circuit Judge in September 2008 and is presently the resident family judge for Gwent based in Newport. A large percentage of her work relates to child protection.
Helen has lived in Gwent since she relocated back in 1983. She is married and has 2 children who were both educated in Gwent. During her spare time she fund raises for some local children’s charities.
Helen has a keen interest in children’s rights and equal opportunity for all structures of society particularly through the education process. She is a keen supporter (and advocate) of enabling children to have the resources that they are entitled to, which hopes to devote more time to this when she retires