Our patron and ambassadors - Helen Nellis

Helen is a qualified Barrister and academic by background, and her career has spanned the law, higher education, health and the commercial sector. She was appointed by HM The Queen as the Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire in February 2012, a position she held for ten years.

Helen runs a consultancy business as an executive and top team coach specialising in the improvement of personal and board-level leadership performance in complex organisations. She is a Trustee, President and Patron of a number of charities.

She has been Chairman of a number of large organisations including Bedfordshire Health Authority, Luton Health Action Zone and Bedford Hospitals NHS Acute Trust, as well as a member of university governing bodies and councils in higher education including Vice-Chairman of the Universities of Luton and Bedfordshire and a Governor at two state sector schools in the County.

Helen is delighted to be Patron of Keech Hospice Care.

“I have long admired and supported the outstanding professional and compassionate care offered by all associated with Keech Hospice Care. I consider it an honour to join my name to the names of those who have gone before me, who founded the hospice, as well as those who continue to sustain the future of Keech through their generosity in so many ways.”