Helen Johnson is the managing director of Helen Johnson Public Affairs and a non executive director at Connect Public Affairs and a former chair of the Association of Professional Political Consultants.
Johnson graduated with a first class honours degree in law from the University of Kent at Canterbury in 1988, qualified as a solicitor in October 1991, specialising in employment law and commercial litigation. In 1992, she joined the legal department of Roche Products Limited, the UK affiliate of the international pharmaceutical and healthcare organisation, Hoffmann-La Roche. At that time, Johnson was one of two in-house lawyers providing comprehensive legal, commercial, regulatory and licensing advice to all Roche operating businesses in the UK and Ireland. In 2000, she was appointed to the new post of Head of Public Affairs and was given sole management responsibility for devising, developing and implementing Roche’s first government relations strategy and tactical action plan, interacting with politicians, special advisers, government departments (Department of Health; Department of Trade and Industry), NHS audiences, patient representative and advocacy organisations, professional bodies and industry associations.
In April 2002, she left Roche to operate as a public affairs and policy consultant in her own right, setting up HJCL. She is currently working with a number of commercial and voluntary sector clients on a range of healthcare policy and political projects ranging from obesity, arthritis, cancer and Multiple Sclerosis, to the commissioning of specialised healthcare services, NHS commissioning and NICE technology appraisals. She has over seven years’ experience of European public affairs, advising in particular on pharmaceutical licensing, regulatory affairs, patient advocacy, parallel trade and product reimbursement and has been involved in several pan-European medicinal product, healthcare and pharmaceutical initiatives, including the establishment and launch of a new pan-European trade body for regulatory affairs professionals (TOPRA), running advocacy workshops at a European patient group conference and lobbying for obesity to move higher up the EU agenda.
She is also a former chair of the Association of Professional Political Consultants between May 2010 and May 2012 and has been an occasional contributor to Pharmaceutical Marketing's Communiqué Journal PMLive.com on topical communications and public affairs issues.
Association of Professional Political Consultants lobbying register 2011
- National Obesity Forum, executive group member (also a client of her lobbying firm)