Helen has been involved in the YMCA for about 20 years and has found it to be enlightening, fascinating and exasperating. She has been on the Nelson Board as treasurer for 20 years, on the National Board for 10 years and on the World Alliance Executive Committee for 12 years. Over that time, Helen has become familiar with the complexity, the frustrations and the dynamics of the YMCA. We are all bound by a common ethos, we are all working with young people, we are all part of the same global organisation but we are also all very different. Helen’s background is in accounting hence treasurer positions, and she has worked in that environment for 35 years. Helen currently run’s her own practice in Nelson but has worked for both large and small firms from Alexandra to the Cayman Islands. Helen has two sons, a young architect and a young design engineer. She is a strong believer in outdoor pursuits and is a keen skier, tramper and trail runner.