About Helen

Helen is the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Faversham and Mid Kent. She was first elected in 2015 and returned with an increased majority in 2017.

Helen is also Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). She has previously been Deputy Chair of the Conservative Party and Vice Chair for Women, as well as serving at various times as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Party Chairman, the Secretary of State for Education and the Department of International Trade. Helen served on the House of Commons Health Select Committee from June 2015 to May 2017, and formerly chaired the All Party Groups for Mental Health, and Fruit and Vegetable Farmers. 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 Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism) in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

She has previously been Deputy Chair of the Conservative Party and Vice Chair for Women. She continues to campaign to get more women onto the Conservative benches and to promote gender equality. 

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 served on the House of Commons Health Select Committee from June 2015 to May 2017. In this role she worked with 10 other MPs to scrutinise Government policy on the NHS. 

Helen also set up the All Party Group for Fruit and Vegetable Farmers and previously chaired the group.

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 a career in healthcare consultancy. For nearly a decade, she 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 adviser, and has also 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.