Alumni Donor Profiles

Helen Gordon (MBA, 1994-1997)

Chief Executive of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain

Henley alumni are vital to our success: In addition to helping with the recruitment of prospective students and mentoring current students, alumni speak at events and recommend Henley within their networks. They also support the Henley Alumni Fund and help us to offer scholarships and bursaries to attract the best applicants and also provide assistance to current students through the Hardship Fund.

The Development team spoke to alumna Helen Gordon to find out how the Henley MBA contributed to her success and what inspired her to become a Henley Pioneer and help others reach their career goals.

Throughout her career, Helen has always worked in the healthcare sector. Originally trained as a nurse, she was appointed to more senior clinical and managerial positions. Whilst at Hillingdon Hospital Helen became Executive Director of Operations, followed by Chief Nurse and ultimately Chief Executive. Helen reflects:

"The Henley MBA programme, and the experience of studying with senior managers on my intake at Greenlands, enabled me to accelerate my career and progression to Chief Executive positions within the healthcare industry."

In 2000 she was appointed Chief Executive of Queen Mary's Sidcup NHS Trust. After five successful years in the post, Helen moved on to become Chief Executive of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. She started her current role as Chief Executive of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in 2010. Helen is passionate about supporting and developing people, and this is demonstrated through her commitment to Henley and the activities she chooses to be involved in. Helen observes:

"With the amount of change currently facing healthcare professionals, the need to develop strong leadership and management skills is vital. I have a particular interest in managers working in healthcare, who are considering an MBA programme. As Chief Executive of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and a Henley Pioneer, I can help those individuals who are considering the Henley MBA programme as a key part of their career progression. I enjoy seeing the knowledge and experience from the Henley Alumni community, and giving something back to the Business School, whether this is speaking to applicants to the Henley MBA, as a guest speaker at events, including the KM Forum Annual Conference and supporting the alumni network. Of course, all of this involvement leads to making valuable new connections and being exposed to new thinking as well."  

Professor Ginny Gibson, Deputy Dean Henley Business School and Pioneer donor, recognises Helen's support: "Helen has been a Henley Pioneer for the past two years, and is an active alumna across many areas of the school. Her support will help future generations of students to benefit from a Henley education, thus ensuring the Business School's future success."

A gift to the Business School of £1,000 or more each year is considered to be a Pioneer gift.  To find out more about making a gift, please visit the Henley Pioneers page.