She has set up award-winning magazines from scratch, edited festival websites for iTunes and Port Eliot, and led content teams on complex interactive projects. As founding partner, she leads on creative content – channelling her expertise into everything from multiplatform campaigns to digital magazines for the world’s biggest brand. Helen thrives on working with a dynamic creative team – from writers to branding experts, photographers, filmmakers, illustrators and digital whiz kids to find exciting solutions that can really make a difference.
After working as a freelance journalist and editor in London, she created, edited and published 16 issues of Stranger magazine, which gained an impressive national and international following. Her thirst for a good story has also taken her on editorial commissions from snowboarding the mountains of China to reporting on a music festival in the Sahara desert – via Croatia, Canada and Colombia to name but a few – writing for titles including Time Out, The Observer and The Independent. But she still loves nothing more than curling up with a good book.
Read about Peter Gilchrist, Stranger’s founding father, and the “ultimate inspiration” for Stranger Collective.
We have the facts staring us in the face, and still we do nothing – or not enough. How on earth to wake up humanity and save the planet in the time we have left? It's a burning question that author and poet Ben Okri is determined to answer. After two hours listening to his enlightening insights on the subject, we distill eight pearls of Okri wisdom to stir the spirit and galvanise action...
An annual call-out for sustainable start-ups and businesses every November, Pitch Up! is an invitation to join the growing circular communities on organic and regenerative farms and estates in Hampshire (England) and Fife (Scotland) – with more set to join in 2024. This innovative scheme makes sense on so many levels – read (and listen) on to find out why.
Should we be investing billions on new technologies to suck carbon out of the air, when trees do a perfectly good job (if only we'd stop cutting them down)? But what other technological 'magic bullets' are out there? From removing truck tailgate emissions to conjuring food from thin air, are any of them any good?
Talking dinosaurs, half-naked Finns, radical ideas and paradigm shifts – Helen Gilchrist joined Contagious' Planet Matters event for insights and inspiration on how the advertising and marketing industry can, is, and should be responding to the biggest challenge of our time. Read on for 5 thinking points to give your own campaigns head-turning, planet-saving impact that can boost brand affinity at the same time.
What we eat, and where it’s come from, is a hot (and hefty) topic that can leave a bad taste in our mouths. From toxic farming to climate change, corporate greed to rising hunger, our industrialised global food systems are broke and need fixing. But there’s a sweet smell of change in the air, and it’s getting ever stronger. We meet some of the inspiring folk working tirelessly to grow better, fairer, cleaner, healthier, climate-fixing ways of feeding ourselves…
Looking backwards, looking forwards... We just can't help ourselves at this time of year can we? Well, the seeds for Issue Eight (out in March 2022) have already been well and truly sown, with a behemoth feature I've been working on to explore our broken food and farming systems, and meeting some of the inspiring folk who are working tirelessly to grow better, fairer, cleaner, healthier, climate-fixing ways of feeding ourselves. Here's a little taster to whet your appetite... and, more importantly, we'd love to hear from any of you who'd like to contribute to/ have ideas for our upcoming ROOTS issue.