Helen Barnard Research and Policy Director Helen joined PBE in June 2021. She was previously Director of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF). Prior to becoming Director, Helen set up and developed JRF’s analysis and policy teams. Helen is a leading national expert on poverty, inequality and social policy. Her extensive body of written work and regular media contributions have covered poverty, destitution, labour markets, housing and social security. Helen is a Social Metrics Commissioner and member of the Poverty Strategy Commission. Before joining JRF Helen worked for Opinion Leader Research and BMRB Social Research. She continues as Deputy Director of JRF.