Helen Baroness Newlove is a former legal secretary turned Parliamentary Peer, Deputy Speaker in the House of Lords, Victims Commissioner and community campaign reformer. In 2007 Helen’s life completely changed after the brutal murder of her husband. Since then, Helen has risen to prominence and uses her platform to help others; setting up numerous foundations aimed to tackle the UK drinking culture. Helen is on a mission to ensure others do not have to endure the same pain she did. When hired as a speaker, Helen is able draw on her own experiences on overcoming hardship, personal development, resilience and people management.
Before 2007 Helen lived a normal life as a legal secretary for a former MP, however, when her husband was tragically murdered Helen had two options: be overcome by grief and despair, or fight for change. Helen chose the latter, and in 2008 she set up Newlove Warrington, a charity which aims to make towns safer places for those who live there. This campaign she set up had three main aims: to inspire people to live more purposeful lives, motivate people to enrich their lives, provide opportunities for interaction with communities. With the help of local news this campaign quickly became well-known nationally in the UK. It also served to highlight the lack of support not only she, but other families received too. All of her hard work and campaigning led her to be appointed as the Victim’s Commissioner by the UK government in 2012, a position in which she served the maximum period before stepping down in 2019. Of her role as the Victim’s Commissioner, Helen said “I had no legal powers but I had my voice, influence and access to those who do have power”, she used her voice to its fullest extent with appearances on BBC Breakfast, GMB, Victoria Derbyshire and Desert Island Discs to name a few.
In 2010 Helen was also given a peerage in the Dissolution Honours List to mark her passionate campaigning and was appointed Government Champion for Active, Safer Communities. To add to her list of honours, when she took up office as a Conservative in 2021, she was introduced as The Right Honourable Baroness Newlove of Warrington. She has also been the recipient of not just one, but two honorary degrees. From the University of Bolton, for which she is also Pro-Vice Chancellor, she was awarded a Doctorate of Law, and from Northumbria University, a Doctorate of Civil Law and Criminal Justice. A regular reviewer for ‘The Papers’ on the BBC, Helen also released a book, titled ‘It Could Happen to You: The Inspirational Story of the Crime Victim Who Became the People’s Crusader’ published in 2013.
Known for he warm and welcoming personality, Helen has dedicated her life to helping victims of crimes and shares her message of courage and determination in her highly sought-after keynote speeches. Helen is an empowering female motivational speaker who has proven that with sheer grit, no matter your age, you are able to accomplish anything. If you need coaching or advice on overcoming hardship or improving your resilience, look no further than Helen Newlove to hire at your next event.