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Helen Bonser-Wilton

Chief Executive, Leeds Castle, Kent.

Helen is the Chief Executive of Leeds Castle having been the Chief Executive of The Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth until March 2021.

Helen was born and raised in Lincolnshire and received an Honours degree in German and Spanish from Bradford University.

She started her career in Advertising Agencies as an Account Manager and moved into Brand and Marketing with Crown Paint. After a spell as Group Marketing Manager at Bernstein Kitchens, Helen relocated down to Devon and joined the National Trust as Marketing and Supporter Development Manager. Helen then moved to Somerset to be Project Director of Tyntesfield, a £17 million project that was, at the time, the National Trust’s biggest ever project.

She became Operations Director for National Trust South West and also led the National Trust’s 2010 Change Programme as Programme Director.

Helen became Chief Executive of Mary Rose in 2015 and headed up the 2016 relaunch of the Museum.

Helen is married to Rob and has an 11-year old son Lorcan.

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