Helen Gibson MBE is an award-winning international business entrepreneur, speaker, author and leadership expert. In 2022 Helen was awarded an MBE by the Queen for services to international trade.
Helen is CEO of Agencia, which delivers meaningful, sustainable and beneficial change to organisations.
Under her leadership, Agencia has delivered on the frontline with health, justice, policing and security services. With an impressive client list including the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office, NHS, PwC, the EU and the United Nations, Agencia has successfully delivered in 27 countries.
Helen Gibson MBE has an understanding of the challenges facing countries in conflict and transition. From many modern-day issues such as terrorism, corruption, cybercrime, pandemics, addiction and migration, the work of Helen’s company has affected millions of people around the world.
Helen has given presentations for a variety of UK and international audiences including the Department for Business and Trade, Citizens Watch International, Crown Agents, NHS England and the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development, and International Women’s Day events.
Radiating warmth, Helen has a vivacious style and an approachability that has brought an impressive change to a number of individuals, teams, organisations and communities around the world.
Committed to taking a confidence-building approach, Helen is captivating for audiences who enjoy listening to her genuine ‘warts and all’ accounts.
Helen’s story is inspiring, having achieved sustained international business success in the male-dominated justice, policing and security sectors, making her a popular and engaging personality at events.
A former Psychology teacher, she also has significant central government experience, including working as a Civil Servant at the Cabinet Office, an MBA and for PA Consultancy Group. She served as a Magistrate for the Westminster and Central London Bench.
Since 2009, Helen has been at Agencia, working alongside her father and sister in the family firm. Agencia deliver sustainable, beneficial and meaningful change to organisations both in the UK and internationally.
With a focus on changing lives for the better, Helen has been involved in reforming government judicial capabilities, transforming healthcare services and developing integrated strategies for organisations, as well as improving communities. Helen’s values-drive leadership is demonstrated in the doubling of turnover in her time at the helm.
In 2017, Agencia were named Best Small Business in the UK at the National Family Business Awards.
Helen is a mentor delivering the Cherie Blair Foundation Women in Business programme, a consultant and coach to a portfolio of clients and is sought for the role of non-executive director by organisations wanting to learn from her success and experience.
Helen performs a variety of voluntary roles, including being appointed by the Department of International Trade for six years running as a Northern Powerhouse Export Champion and sitting on a Department for Business and Trade national policy group to give an SME perspective on free trade agreements that are being negotiated.
Helen shares her story and insights in newspapers, websites and magazines, including The Guardian, Yorkshire Post, Business Insider, International Journal of Education Management and on BBC Radio.
In 2024, Helen will publish her first book called Porridge and Goosebumps. Here she will share practical tips for cultivating encouragement in today’s world, exemplifying what she has learned in business, and her belief that encouragement is a vital ingredient to overcoming life’s porridge and achieving more goosebump moments.
Helen is a popular choice as a speaker for a range of events, booked to cover topics including:
Gifted with a naturally positive disposition, Helen’s energy, passion and infectious enthusiasm is hard to beat. With a passion for adventure and desire to positively impact lives, Helen has a host of inspirational stories to recall to guests as a fantastic after dinner speaker or keynote speaker, with her stories being relatable to a number of applications in business and life.