Helen Rana

Research & Business Development Manager

Skilled researcher, writer, editor and policy professional with a passion for making a positive difference. Helen works with museums, universities, cultural and heritage organisations in the UK, Europe and US.

Since 2017 I’ve been working full time as a freelance consultant, focusing on strategy, consultation, evaluation and impact assessment. Previously I was Senior Research & Business Development Manager for Arts, Creative Industries & Education at the University of the West of England (2014-17), Head of Policy at Jisc (2010-14), and Policy & Representation Manager at Sheffield Chamber of Commerce & Industry (2007-10). Prior to that I enjoyed 20 years in policy, research and communications roles with diverse employers including a non-governmental research organisation in Zambia, investment bank JP Morgan, and the Embassy of Finland in London.


• MSc Strategy, Change and Leadership, University of Bristol;

• MPhil Historical Studies, University of Cambridge

• PgDip Diplomatic Studies, University of Westminster

• MA Film and TV Studies, University of Westminster

• BA(Hons) Communication and Media Production, Bournemouth University


Specialist skills:

Strategic planning and review

Stakeholder consultation, engagement and analysis

Funding application writing, with a focus on impact

Business mentoring

Qualitative and quantitative research

Writing and editorial work


I have worked on Tricolor projects including:

Consultation via interviews, surveys and workshops for the Heritage Education Trust’s Sandford Award

Interim Evaluation Report for the NLHF-funded project The Canterbury Journey at Canterbury Cathedral

Voluntary activities:

I am a member of the South West Museum Development Strategic Advisory Group, Secretary of Downend Community History and Art Project (CHAP), mentor for the Cherie Blair Foundation’s Women in Business Programme, and Media and Development Adviser for Bristol Rock Centre (an independent music school). I am also a researcher and writer for Hundred Heroines, which raises the visibility of women in photography in the past and today.


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