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Helen Ashley

Helen is a Principal in Consultation and Engagement.

Helen brings to the team her particular strengths in establishing and developing good communications with clients and stakeholders; rigorous financial and project management discipline; production of high quality analysis and reports; and providing facilitation support during engagement processes. Her role involves providing strategic advice on all aspects of a consultation or engagement process, drawing on her ability to resolve unexpected challenges. Helen is Prince2 qualified and leads on Dialogue by Design’s internal quality management.

Helen has been working in the field of public and stakeholder engagement since 1999 when she started working at the Environmental Council where she spent five years managing the BNFL National Stakeholder Dialogue project. She also managed engagement projects for the NDA, BERR, DEFRA, DECC and the EA. After that she worked as an independent engagement project manager and carried out a three month secondment at DTI where her role was to set up the engagement structures and processes for the about to be created Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA).

At Dialogue by Design Helen has acted as the Project Director for numerous high profile and large scale consultations, including four HS2 consultations and four CQC consultations. She has also led a 2-year long engagement project on Nature Improvement Areas for Natural England and two Smart Motorways projects for Highways England.  Helen is currently leading on a project engaging the public to explore their needs and experience when using Connected Autonomous Vehicles.