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Our Trustees

The Helen Foundation has a Board of Trustees which constitutes the senior governance group of our Charity. Our Board of Trustees have overall accountability for the Foundation's strategic direction, the stewardship of its resources and the activities we undertake in the pursuit of our charitable objectives.  All are fully involved in the work of the charity.

Alex Kirk

Helen’s older brother Alex is an experienced corporate, commercial and projects lawyer working for RES, the world's largest independent renewable energy company, based in its global headquarters just outside London.


Alex advises on the charity’s legal affairs and administrative tasks such as links with The Charity Commission and JustGiving.

Annie Kirk

Annie, Helen’s mother, was a teacher before becoming full-time mum to the three Kirk children. She worked in Teignmouth as the Librarian at the Community College where Helen and her brothers – and Muse! – were all students, retiring in 2005.


Annie manages THF’s social media outreach, and is fully involved in the many tasks of running the charity including: visiting workshops, fund-raising and representing the charity on public occasions.

Roger Kirk

Helen’s father was Principal of Dawlish Community College until his retirement in 2006. He is a trustee of Daisi and is the current chairman of the Foundation. Like Annie, Roger is involved in the many tasks running the charity on a day-to-day basis including :writing the THF monthly newsletters and other e-communications, visiting workshops, fund-raising and representing the charity on public occasions.

Tom Kirk

Helen’s other brother runs his own live video effects company, Hidden Road Studios, and is Muse’s video manager. His input into the Foundation is notable for its originality and creativity.

Nicola Cruickshank

Nicola works as a finance officer for The Ivy Education Trust, and as a former treasurer of the charity, she employs her invaluable educational and financial experience to benefit the charity.

Ben Galloway

Ben was Helen’s much-loved boyfriend. He is an insurance underwriter in London. Ben particularly gives the charity invaluable advice and direction as to the Foundation’s finances. He was the founding treasurer of the charity.

Leon Winston

Leon is a close friend of the Kirk family and a prominent and respected figure within the Devon arts scene with a background in education and drama.


His continuing interest lies in realising the potential of the performing arts within both primary and secondary education. Leon visits Foundation-sponsored workshops and represents the charity on public occasions.

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