Before her death, Helene was a lecturer in psychology at the Open University. She was also author of two books, Reclaiming Childhood: freedom and play in an age of fear and Just Another Ape? After working as a primary-school teacher, she obtained a PhD in developmental psychology from the University of Manchester. She then taught undergraduate courses in developmental psychology and psychology with the Open University and the US study abroad centre, CAPA. She was co-publisher of LM magazine from its launch in 1997 to its closure in 2000 and also co-founder of spiked, the first custom-built online current-affairs publication in the UK.