Helen Francis

What’s my background?

Before joining Gradconsult a year ago, I was travelling for 4 years including working on cruise ships and applied for hundreds of jobs throughout. Believe it or not, travelling can be exhausting so the thought of having a wardobe, a permanent job and the chance to see my friends and family is what got me back in the land of sunny Sheffield, which has always been my home since coming to study in 2008. I have worked in the third sector including Student Unions', a small charity working in countries such as Tanzania and Kenya as well as the private sector within project management roles. Personal achievements include being President of Sheffield Hallam University where I was elected to lead and represent a membership led charity of 35,000 students, fulfilling members’ needs and improving the overall student experience and employability, locally and nationally. For the last 10 years I have been involved within the non profit sector, having personally volunteered for 8 organisations, worked at 3 charities and managed, supported and influenced over 1000 volunteers.

What do I do at Gradconsult?

I am a Project Consultant supporting my colleagues and clients to ensure success within each stage of the recruitment cycle as well as delivering sessions to student unions' and universities, ensuring students are aware on how to be successful when applying for roles and sharing my top tips. I also have a passion for photography and videography so am bringing that to life within Gradconsult.

Examples of recent things I’ve been working on include:

  • Filming, editing and producing videos such as 'day in the life of a graduate'
  • Responsible for the full recruitment cycle of a transport company
  • Creating marketing materials to promote our offering
  • Supporting colleagues with producing and delivering graduate development content for a construction company
  • Working on student union officer development support

Life loves

  • Memes
  • Oat milk
  • Grabbing a bargain but then finding out it has a further discount… YES!

Pet peeves

  • Not recycling – let's help the future generation
  • People who listen with the intent to respond rather than understand
  • That person in the group who doesn’t buy a round (Espresso Martini please!)


Get in touch

T: 0114 221 0242

M: 07402 237 630

E: helen@gradconsult.co.uk

LinkedIn: Helen Francis