Helen Donnellan

Pro Vice-Chancellor Business and Regional Engagement

Helen Donnellan was appointed interim Pro Vice Chancellor Regional Business and Innovation in January 2022.  Helen has held the post of Director of Enterprise and Business Services since January 2018 and Director of Midlands Enterprise Universities (MEU) since July 2021.

As PVC Regional Business and Innovation Helen will provide strategic oversight and senior professional leadership for all aspects of Enterprise and Regional Business and drive forward the university’s ambitions for Knowledge Exchange.

Helen’s work with the MEU provides connectivity across the Midlands for the Enterprise universities to influence policy, support innovation and review areas of best practice for the benefit of the region.

Helen has an extensive track record in developing successful partnerships to support innovation and engage Higher Education as a catalyst for change and growth.  Previously as Inward Investment Director at Leicester City Council her team brought several high profile businesses to the City including IBM, Hastings Direct and PPL/PRS. 

Prior to working in the public sector Helen was a senior leader at Dow Jones responsible for Marketing and Communications across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Helen was awarded a BSc in Psychology from University College London, and holds a PG Dip in Professional Marketing and a PG Cert in Executive coaching  

In her spare time Helen likes to play tennis, cycle and run and supports a number of Leicester based charities and holds board membership across both public and private sector organisations.

You can contact Helen Donnellan directly by emailing helen.donnellan@dmu.ac.uk or through her PA by emailing Sue Hayward: sue.hayward@dmu.ac.uk