Until her retirement Helen Meixner worked for the British Council. She finished her career as Regional Director for South East Europe and Director Romania, based in Bucharest. Born in Australia, Helen has a degree in History from the University of Queensland. After retiring she completed an MA with distinction in South-East European Studies at University College London. She has been a magistrate, Chair of Governors of Langford Primary School in Hammersmith and Fulham, and Chair of Book Aid International; she is currently a member of the governing body of Sir John Cass and Red Coat Church of England Secondary School. In 2001 Helen was awarded a CMG for services to overseas cultural relations. Helen Meixner was the Chairman of the Grants Committee of the Foundation and is now an Ambassador for the Foundation.