Helen Withycombe is the Wheeler Centre's Head of Programming. Before this, she was Programming Manager. Prior to joining the Wheeler Centre team, Helen had worked in the publishing industry for more than 10 years, most recently as a senior editor at Hardie Grant Books.
If Helen had to identify her two defining characteristics, it would be her love of literature and her ability to arrange memorable events (just ask attendees of her annual Book Club Dinner Dance). Having built a career on words – both writing and reading them – in several publishing companies in Melbourne, she undertook a Masters in Arts Management and strove to find a job that combined these passions.
Prior to joining the Wheeler Centre team, Helen was at Hardie Grant Books, where she married her love of words with her obsession with food-porn – as a Senior Editor on the luxe cookbook list.