The University is delighted to announce Helenor Rogers as the first Patient and Public Representative to the School of Public and Allied Health Professions.

Helenor will play a key advisory role, shaping how the University can engage more widely with NHS patients across the University’s health courses.

Throughout her career, Helenor has demonstrated her ability to swiftly identify opportunities and implement transformative changes within organisations. Her collaborative approach and dedication have been instrumental in various projects, including valuable contributions to initiatives supporting Public Health England.

With a diverse background as a Marketing Consultant and a visionary entrepreneur in the food and nutrition industry, Helenor brings a unique blend of skills and expertise to her role, advocating for both education and improving healthcare outcomes.

Beyond her professional achievements, Helenor ventured into entrepreneurship, establishing a successful food and nutrition business focused on enhancing gut health.

Her drive and determination resulted in her being awarded Kent Women in Business’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2017.

With a deep passion for education, Helenor has actively contributed to the field through her role as Chair of Governors for a local primary school and as a dedicated Business and Careers Advisor at local grammar schools. Her involvement has strengthened connections between academia and the community, enriching the educational experience of students.

"I am thrilled to join Canterbury Christ Church University as a Patient and Public Representative," Helenor said.

"I am committed to advocating for health and wellbeing within the University community, and I am eager to ensure that the patient's voice is heard loud and clear in shaping the future NHS workforce and advancing healthcare research."

Professor Chris Burton, Head of the School of Allied and Public Health Professions at Canterbury Christ Church University, expressed enthusiasm for Helenor's appointment: "We are delighted to welcome Helenor Rogers to our school executive team. Her dynamic approach and diverse expertise will undoubtedly bring fresh perspectives to our healthcare education and research initiatives, promoting health and wellbeing and the patient voice at the core of our agenda."

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