Helen Salmon

Helen Salmon

Helen was born in 1954 in Scunthorpe in North Lincolnshire, her father worked in the local steelworks. She was the first person in her family to go to university and studied English and American Literature at the University of East Anglia. Helen did a PGCE course at the University of Leicester and, in 1977, started teaching. After getting married in 1977, she had two children and started her teaching career in Swindon, going on to teach in urban secondary schools across the West Country. In the 1990s, Helen became a literacy consultant for Bristol LEA. She then became a headteacher in 2006 in Exeter. A second headship followed in 2010 in Tavistock, leading both schools out of special measures. Helen retired as a headteacher in 2015 but continued consultancy work until 2018, working for local authorities and as a coach on the Future Leaders programme.
Helen has a wide range of interests, including travelling, politics, reading and Tai Chi. She is vice chair of governors at a Bristol primary school and has two grandchildren.

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