Helen Barnard

Associate Director
Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Helen combines her work as Associate Director at JRF with her role as Research and Policy Director at Pro Bono Economics, which she joined in June 2021. Helen has worked across policy and analysis at JRF, and from April 2020 to June 2021 she led the organisation as Director. Prior to that, she led the policy and partnerships team to develop new solutions to solve poverty; before that she built the first iteration of JRF’s monitoring and analysis team, examining the key social, economic and public policy trends and changes affecting people and places in poverty. Before joining JRF, Helen worked for Opinion Leader Research and BMRB Social Research. She is a leading national expert on poverty, inequality and social policy. Her extensive body of written work and regular media contributions have covered poverty, destitution, labour markets, housing and social security. She is a Social Metrics Commissioner and member of the Poverty Strategy Commission.