Helen Jones MBE is Director of Youth and Education Programmes for the Commonwealth Youth Exchange Council (CYEC) and Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS), previously Deputy CEO, CYEC with responsibility for programme development.
Helen brings a deep understanding of the Commonwealth, practical knowledge and extensive networks, having started her Commonwealth career with the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), working in the CSFP scholarships department.
She has over 25 years’ experience of youth work and non-formal education, and extensive experience of development management with a particular emphasis on young people and development.
Helen is Director of the Commonwealth Teacher Exchange Programme (CTEP), a one-year professional post-to-post interchange programme recognized by the UK government. She set up and is a Director of Xchange Partners, CYEC's consultancy wing.
In 2012 she served as an adviser on the Commonwealth Foundation's Transition Working Group, linked to its new strategic plan.
Helen was awarded an MBE for services to youth development in the Commonwealth in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2013.