Trustees Helen Hewitt and Helen Farmer

Meet our newly appointed Trustees

Published on: 07/06/24

Helen Farmer and Helen Hewitt will be joining our board of trustees.

We are delighted to welcome Helen Farmer and Helen Hewitt to our board of trustees.

Mike Thiedke, Chief Executive at The Children’s Trust, says: 

They each bring a great range of diverse perspectives and relevant experience and expertise which will support us to maintain momentum on our recovery plan, develop the next stages of our organisational strategy and ensure we continue to provide the highest quality services to help children with brain injury and neurodisability live the best life possible. 

Helen Farmer brings decades of experience from across the NHS, working in senior leadership roles across a number of specialisms. Most recently Helen was the Director for Babies, Children, and Young People Transformation and Commissioning in Mid and South Essex Integrated Care Board.

Helen Farmer says: 

“After a full and diverse career in NHS Paediatrics I continue to be passionate and committed to supporting the development of services for children and their families. I look forward to drawing on the skills, knowledge and experience gained in my career as both a clinician and senior manager to make a positive contribution to the delivery of the organisation’s recovery plan as well as taking full advantage of any further opportunities which may arise for The Children's Trust.”


Helen Hewitt is a highly experienced charity leader and education professional, with experience of working at national and regional level. She works as an independent consultant within the education and social care sectors, having served as chief executive of the Chailey Heritage Foundation between 2002 and 2013.

Helen Hewitt says: 

“The Children’s Trust is one of the few specialist providers for children with acquired brain injury and those with profound and complex barriers to learning. It is vital that its services continue to be available to these particularly vulnerable young people and their families in the most effective, safe and sustainable way possible and I am delighted to be appointed as a Trustee so that I can play a role in securing this future.”