Helen Clark was the Member of Parliament for Peterborough (1997-2005). She is the first woman to have represented the constituency throughout its history and the only Labour candidate to win and hold this marginal seat.
Prior to 1997, Helen worked as a senior teacher of English in Further Education in both the maintained and private sectors; teaching throughout the ability range to Oxbridge Entrance level. She has a BA Hons degree in English Literature, an MA in Medieval Literature and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education all from Bristol University. She has worked as an Examiner, Team Leader and Assessor in English Literature and Oral Communication for the Northern, London, Southern and Cambridge Examination Boards.
Since 2005, Helen has held various public affairs roles, including Head of Policy and Campaigns with the MS Society and Advisor on Climate Change with The Association of British Insurers. At Westminster, she served as a Member of the Environmental Audit and Broadcasting Select Committees and many Bill Committees.
Helen is now an Educational Examiner and Scrutiniser with the OCR Examination Board. She has had many articles on policy topics published in a wide range of national, local and regional outlets and is experienced at structuring and running national campaigns. She is also writing an historical book and a contemporary novel.
Helen has recently directed a prestigious Heritage Lottery project, is an Editorial Board member for the ‘Journal of Obesity and Bariatric Surgery’ and Associate Editor (Women and Social Policy) for ‘New Jurist’ magazine. She has been widely published on matters of child nutrition, physical fitness and wellbeing.