Helen Giles – MBE, Chartered FCIPD – is Executive Director of People and Governance for St Mungo’s the homelessness charity. Helen is a former Personnel Today HR Director of the Year and has been awarded the MBE for services to homeless people. Her particular areas of interest are organisational development and the promotion of high standards of leadership and performance management in the public and third sectors. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and has had many articles published in HR and broader press. She is currently a regular columnist for Charity Finance. She has also been included in HR Magazine’s Most Influential HR Practitioners listing every year since it began in 2006 and in 2015 she was listed in the Top 10 Most Influential HR Practitioners of the Decade.
Helen is a dedicated advocate of diversity and inclusion: in 2016 St Mungo’s won the Inclusive Workplace Culture category in the BITC Race Equality Awards, the Excellence in Diversity Award, and was listed ninth in the Top 50 Inclusive UK Employers list. In 2018, St Mungo’s was highly commended in the CIPD Awards Diversity & Inclusion category and the BITC Race Equality Awards Leadership category. In 2019, St Mungo’s was listed in 42nd place in Stonewall’s Top 100 employers for LGBTQ+ inclusion, and was named as one of 14 Top Trans Employers. St Mungo’s is also very proud to have a zero gender pay gap.