Helen, a food technologist turned environmentalist has been helping charities, companies and individuals grow and achieve a genuine difference for over 25 years. Everything she does is to help people and planet become more sustainable and inclusive.
Initially trained as a Food Technologist, Helen’s early career was working in the food industry in quality management, making sure key brands met all retail and regulatory standards and supporting the complete supply chain to farm level.
In 1999, Helen joined the Soil Association to direct the certification of organic food, beauty, and textile products to their stringent organic standards, driving the growth of the UK’s organic sector. Next, Helen established a Business Development team to help companies wanting to go organic, while working closely with retailers to ensure those transitioned farmers and growers had a secure market.
In 2006 the need for stronger marketing of the benefits of organic products, Helen moved to the Soil Association’s charity arm to direct the organisation’s conferences, campaigns, and public events. Later, becoming the charity’s Development Director to lead the fundraising activities with Patrick Holden, then CEO of the Soil Association.
In 2010 Helen joined Ecotricity, Britain’s ‘Greenest Energy Company’ as the organisation’s Ambassador. Joining Dale Vince’s team, Helen furthered the company’s mission to build a Green Britain and transform the way people think and act in relation to their carbon impact. Creatively managing partner relationships, sponsorship and campaigns, directing the Green Britain Foundation – which exists to help people tackle carbon emissions in the top contributing sectors to climate change: Energy, Transport and Food as well as making space for Nature.
Running the Green Britain Centre, Helen embodied Ecotricity’s mission of inspiring people to adopt a greener lifestyle. This work extended to helping Dale ‘green up’ the football industry, through his club Forest Green Rovers FC (#WeAreFGR).
Helen was soon appointed as CEO for FGR. Throughout her time, Helen achieved the title of ‘the greenest football club in the world’, as bestowed by FIFA. The club was able to show the world that sustainability in sport was possible, and Helen helped develop this approach.
September, 2018. Helen founded her own company: One Blue Marble Limited.
“There are ways to create an optimistic future. Tenaciousity, high energy and a passion for meeting and connecting people is the pathway to a shift towards better things.”
Helen Taylor, Founder of One Blue Marble.