Episode 1.1 – 3.16
Wing Governor (Series 1, 2)Lifer Liason Officer (Series 2, 3)
Governing Governor (Series 3)
Helen was brought up by a Presbyterian minister – he brought her up alone after her mother died. After leaving University, and full of ideals, Helen was fast-tracked into the prison system with the System’s graduate training scheme.
Helen wanted a structured life – and she wants to feel she can make a difference in the world. With a natural sense of justice and an instinctive empathy for those in prison due to a hard life, Helen had all the gifts of the perfect Governor – although her constant fighting with the “Old Boys Network” leaves her always trying to prove herself, and the inmates life stories and problems tended to take an emotional toll on her.
Talented and intelligent, Helen is always fighting prejudice and internal demons – and her uncompromising stance made her unpopular with some inmates and older colleagues like Hollamby and Fenner. Usually a stickler for the rules, Helen found herself in love with Nikki Wade – and did a few unprofessional (and even illegal) things because of it – but she always considered the moral implications of her actions.
Helen’s a great judge of character, but the fighting with Fenner eventually saw Helen defeated – although she is now hopefully having her “happily ever after” with Nikki.