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Helen Edwards - Chair

Most recently Helen served as Deputy Permanent Secretary and Director General for Local Government and Public Services at the Department for Communities and Local Government from 2013.

Between 2008 and 2013 she was Director General of Criminal Justice in the Ministry of Justice. This followed a number of senior roles at the Home Office, including three years as Chief Executive of the National Offender Management Service. Prior to joining the Home Office, Helen undertook a number of roles at Nacro, the national crime reduction charity, before becoming Chief Executive in 1997.

Before joining Nacro Helen worked for Save the Children in the London Borough of Lambeth, having trained and practised originally as a social worker.

Helen was appointed Chair of Recovery Focus (a coalition of mental health charities) in April 16 and is also a Non-Executive Director at Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust as well as a Trustee of Lloyds Bank Foundation.

Helen joined the Peabody Board in July 2016. She brings a wealth of experience from the community and voluntary sector as well as central and local government.

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