Ben was Helen’s much loved boyfriend. He is an insurance underwriter in London. Ben is the Foundation’s Treasurer, keeping the accounts and providing invaluable advice and direction to the Foundation’s finances. Ben initiated and now maintains The Helen Foundation team entry into the Big London 10K Run in July each year. Sponsorship for those taking part on behalf of the charity has already amounted to over £60,000 – a very significant addition to the charity’s finances.
Helen’s older brother Alex is a commercial lawyer and, having worked for leading law firms Bond Pearce and Eversheds following qualifying, now works “in-house” for a leading international renewable energy company called Renewable Energy Systems based just outside of London. Alex helps manage the website and Twitter account (@thf_charity) for the Foundation, and when required assists with certain legal affairs and administrative tasks such as links with The Charity Commission and JustGiving.
Annie, Helen’s mother, was a teacher before becoming full-time mum to the three Kirk children. She worked in Teignmouth as the Librarian at the Community College where Helen and her brothers – and Muse! – were all students. Annie retired from full-time work after 19 years in post, but continues working as an examiner for the Cambridge Examination Syndicate (UCLES) for English Language (Overseas). Annie manages the charity’s day-to-day finances, the THF Facebook page and is fully involved in the many tasks of running the charity including visiting workshops, fund-raising and representing the charity on public occasions.
Helen’s father was Principal of Dawlish Community College until his retirement. He is Trustee of a number of charities and is the current chairman of the Foundation. Like Annie, Roger is involved in the many tasks of running the charity on a day-today basis including writing the THF monthly newsletters and other e-communications, visiting workshops, fund-raising and representing the charity on public occasions.
Helen’s brother is a creative/artistic manager, and is currently working for MUSE as their creative/media manager. Tom is with the band whenever they tour, creating and directing the video effects and presentation that accompany the on-stage act. His input into the Foundation is notable for its originality and creativity.
A close friend of the Kirk family and a prominent and respected figure within the Devon arts scene, Leon is also a trustee of the Devon Arts In Schools Initiative and Chairperson of the Governors of Coombeshead Academy. He has a background in education and drama. A one-time drama adviser, then head of performing arts in a college of further and higher education, Leon was latterly deputy principal of the college. Leon was part of the original team to establish training of Drama Therapists and continues to lecture on Drama Therapy. He spent many years working within drama and theatre as director, adjudicator and lecturer, including directing various Playgoer’s Society productions at Dartington Hall. His interest lies in realising the potential of the performing arts within both primary and secondary education. Leon regularly visits Foundation-sponsored workshops, and assists with fund-raising and representing the charity on public occasions.