About Helen

HelenFirst I was an accountant. I loved the spreadsheets, formulas and right answers. But it wasn’t enough for my creative side. I wanted something where I could show a bit of flair.

So I became a policy officer just after the birth of the Scottish Parliament. I created strategies for social inclusion, partnerships for community safety and action plans for increased childcare. But it wasn’t enough for my active side. I wanted something where I could show a bit of drive.

I transferred into business improvement. Doing best value reviews, facilitating workshops and reporting on performance. But it wasn’t enough for my doing side. I wanted a role where I could really make things change.

With promotion came the chance to be a Head of Exchequer Services. I could lead, I could manage, I could do. It kept me motivated and focussed for a few years. But it wasn’t enough; I wanted something to fuel my passion.

And then it happened.

I was given the lead for procurement.

I fell in love.

My CV

Helen Mackenzie CV March 2015