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 has served on the Health Select Committee from 2015 - 2017, and chairs the All Party Parliamentary Groups for Mental Health and Fruit & Vegetable Farmers. Since July 2018, Helen has been Conservative Party Vice Chair for women. Before that she was Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Conservative Party Chairman Brandon Lewis, PPS to the Secretary of State for Education and the Minister of State for Trade and Investment. 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 Chair 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.

Since July 2018, Helen has been Conservative Party Vice Chair for women. 

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 re-establishing this APPG gives her a platform to champion local farmers in Parliament.

Enfranchising women and getting them involved in the peace process has been shown to reduce conflict, which is why Helen is proud to serve as Chair of the APPG for Women, Peace & Security. She is also Vice-Chair of the APPG for Women 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.