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Helen Wollaston (Interim Chair)

Helen has 35 years’ experience in the public and third sectors.

She joined the Board of Zero Waste Scotland in 2017, when she was CEO of WISE, a community interest company enterprise promoting gender balance in science, technology and engineering across the UK. Previous executive roles include founding director of Equal to the Occasion consultancy; Director of Campaigns at the Equal Opportunities Commission and Regional Manager for the National Lottery Charities Board in Yorkshire and the Humber.

Helen’s non-executive experience includes Deputy Chair and Senior Independent Director for South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Chair of YWCA England and Wales (now the Young Women’s Trust).

In 2022 she joined the board of Phoenix Futures, a charity and housing association which supports people to recover from alcohol and drug addiction.

Born in London and raised in Manchester, Helen now lives on a smallholding in South West Scotland, where she grows fruit and vegetables organically and manages the land to improve biodiversity.

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