About Helen

Helen is the Conservative MP for Faversham and Mid Kent. She was first elected in 2015 and returned with an increased majority in 2017. She is Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party and is working to increase the number of female MPs on the Conservative benches and  promote gender equality. She has previously been Vice Chair for Women, PPS to the Party Chairman, the Secretary of State for Education and the Department of International Trade. She also chaired an influential inquiry by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Mental Health into the current state of mental health care and has served on the Health Select Committee. To find out more about Helen’s parliamentary work, click here.

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Helen Whately asks a question to the Prime Minister in the House of Commons

In Parliament

Helen is Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party. She is campaigning to get more women onto the Conservative benches and to promote gender equality. She also chairs the Conservative Women in Parliament Group.

Until 2019 Helen Chaired of the All Party Group for Mental Health, which campaigns to raise awareness of mental health problems, be a voice for the mental health community and hold the Government to account on its commitments to improve care. 

Helen was elected by fellow MPs to serve on the Health Select Committee. In this role she worked with 10 other MPs to scrutinise Government policy on the NHS. This committee work complements her roles as Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Mental Health and Co-Chair of the APPG for Health.

Helen is also Chair of the APPG for Fruit & Vegetable Farmers. Horticulture is a vital part of the rural economy of Faversham and Mid Kent, and this APPG gives her a platform to champion local farmers in Parliament. 

Helen Whately in her Faversham and Mid Kent constituency

Biography

Helen grew up in Surrey. She was educated at schools in Surrey and London, and studied Politics and Philosophy at Oxford University.

After university Helen trained as a management accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers. She moved on to run a business unit at AOL Time Warner. In this role she negotiated deals for AOL Europe.

Helen then established career in healthcare consultancy. For nearly a decade, she has worked with NHS hospitals, helping them improve care and make the most of resources. She has also advised healthcare regulators and commissioners, and worked on healthcare policy.

Alongside her career, Helen has worked with several charities as a volunteer and advisor, and been a school governor.

In 2010, Helen stood for Parliament in Kingston & Surbiton, gaining a Conservative swing of 2.4%. She won the 2015 election for Faversham and Mid-Kent, winning more than 50% of all votes cast. Helen held her seat in the 2017 General election, winning 61.1% of the vote and increasing her majority to 17,413.

Helen is married and has three children.

Photo credit: Alan Smith, Kent Online.