Helen read music at Edinburgh University, focusing on performance, counterpoint and composition, and was awarded the Fraser Scholarship on graduating.
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. In 1992, she was appointed Professor of Flute and Saxophone at the Royal Marines School of Music, a post she occupied for six years.
Following further postgraduate studies in music technology at York University, she took up her present post. Helen is interested in audio-visual interaction across a range of different applications.