Helen currently specialises in music and sound for film and games, and has a keen interest in audio-visual interaction across a range of different applications. Her teaching and research emphasise industry practice and commercial trends.
She also has a strong background in performance and before taking up her current post, was appointed Professor of Flute and Saxophone at the Royal Marines School of Music – a post which she occupied for some years.
Helen read music at Edinburgh University where she was awarded the Fraser Scholarship. She completed a diploma at the London Guildhall School of Music and Drama and spent a further year specialising in solo performance and repertoire at Liverpool University. She studied the flute with the Principals of the Hallé, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. In something of a career change, after leaving the Royal Marines School of Music, Helen pursued science-based postgraduate studies on an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Scholarship (EPSRC) in Music Technology at York University, before taking up her current position.
Aside from her teaching and research, Helen continues to pursue her interests in performance and occasionally composes for a commercial publisher.