Helena Reeves



Helena has 24 years’ experience in communications for the NHS, mostly at board level advising on strategy, advice and delivery.

Her passion for the NHS has led her from a nursing background to communications and engagement where she uses co-production as a guiding principle for involving people across extensive change programmes.

Helena has led national work for the Department of Health and is a crisis and reputation management expert for high profile and sensitive issues ranging from legal cases, data breaches, clinical errors to contentious consultations.

Helena is keen on how technology can support communications and engagement and before joining Barley, developed a fresh and alternative internal communications approach for one of her former clients, Community Health Partnerships.

She is a visiting fellow in health communications at the Centre for Health Communication Research and Excellence, New Buckinghamshire University and because she believes in the power of knowledge to improve personal health and wellness, she is also a qualified health coach.

Helena’s love for all things NHS led her to volunteer with NHS England and NHS Charities Together with their Big7 Tea party campaign to celebrate the 70th birthday of the NHS across the UK.

Helena lives in Surrey with her family and two dogs.


Irene Edgar


With over 20 years’ experience in event project management, Irene’s comprehensive knowledge and successful delivery of events ranges from conferences and exhibitions to road shows, award ceremonies and public consultations.  She has a breadth of technical expertise and supplier contacts which she utilises to plan in meticulous detail and has experience in directing events for 50 to 5,000 delegates.

Irene has worked with two Prime Ministers, numerous Secretaries of State, Ministers and various well known presenters.  Clients have included Department of Health, Department of Energy and Climate Change, Department for Education, Home Office, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and TfL.  She has also worked extensively for the corporate sector.  Irene has vast experience in running engagement and consultation events and workshops – the most recent for NHS England, managing their CCG drop in sessions, Case for Change launches and future stakeholder events.


Barley’s Laura Harrison speaks at Discovery Communities event

Laura Sainsbury'sBarley’s Laura Harrison was delighted to join with speakers from Sainsbury’s and others today at a Discovery Communities event at the Custard Factory in the heart of Birmingham’s creative quarter.

The day gave an opportunity for participants to learn about the innovative food waste campaigns being tested by Sainsbury’s and environmental charity Hubbub in Swadlincote, Derbyshire, to hear about the best campaigns from around Europe, to be informed of the latest behaviour change research and to gain insight into future food trends.

Laura talked about what makes an inspirational PR campaign, drawing on her experience of food waste campaigns for Hubbub and Love Food Hate Waste, amongst others.