Helen was born and raised in Cardiff and has lived in Chiswick for around 30 years. She attended St Michaels regularly before Father Fabrizio became vicar at St Peters.

She is retiring from a career as a prosecutor in the Government Legal Service where she specialised in complex fraud and international corruption cases.

She has a daughter and two grandchildren who live in Walthamstow and the family share a cottage outside Aberystwyth in mid Wales