Helena N. Nelson

Helena is a seasoned management consultant specialising in organisational development (OD) and strategic human resources management projects. She has extensive experience in the design and deployment of learning and development programmes for both private and public sector organisations.

She is capable of designing and directing the delivery of large-scale corporate change and capacity building, as well as executive education qualification programmes. She is particularly skilled at designing tailored leadership programmes for the successful transfer of learning into organisations with significant investments in executive education and general L&D.

Helena started her career in the courier industry in 1985 when she was recruited post-national service to establish and run the Takoradi office of DHL. She was transferred six months later to Accra to manage country operations. She remained in this role for two years when she opted to head client relationship management until she was selected along with ten other DHL African professionals to proceed on secondment to the DHL Africa head office ( MRI International Resources) then based in Egham, Surrey, in the UK. She eventually left DHL in 1989 to focus on her MBA studies.

She has extensive experience in managing Corporate Academy establishment projects aimed at aligning HRD provision with strategic needs, and addressing individual, team, organisational skill and competency gaps. In the last ten years (10) Naana has worked with the leadership teams of various energy sector organisations including Volta River Authority (VRA) Ghana National Petroleum Company(GNPC) National Petroleum Authority(NPA) and some financial services organisations including UT Bank, and ADB to address a myriad of identified leadership development challenges and organisational blocks to the successful transfer of learning. She has been heavily led the customised design and delivery of cascadable interim leadership programmes to address acute leadership behaviour and style issues in order to improve team cohesion, collaboration and performance. In the last eighteen months, she has been working with Ghana Grid Company (GRIDCo) to address looming leadership attrition and succession challenges.

Helena served as Director of HR, Learning and Development for UT Bank in Ghana (2014-2016) where she focused her attention on aligning HR strategy and practice with organisational strategy. Before that, she established a Corporate Academy for the same client. Before establishing LearnTrans Ltd, Helena served as a Client Director for Corporate Learning at Henley Business School. Her clients at Henley included Microsoft, 3M, Deutsche Telekom and Abu Dhabi Water and Energy Authority (ADWEA). At Henley, she also taught project management on corporate programmes.

Helena also designs and implements bespoke Assessment and Development Centres for various organisations in different sectors for graduate selection, talent pool identification and leadership development purposes.

Before her return to Henley in 2006, Helena was Managing Consultant/ Director at Lexcroft Consulting in West Africa and together with Nepostel (The Consulting wing of the Netherlands Postal Services) successfully bid for a World Bank funded study to restructure the Ghana Postal Services. In this position, she also successfully piloted a business model for business service integration and delivery for the benefit and convenience of customers and won a World Bank business incubation award for this project.

Whilst serving as Managing Consultant at Lexcroft, Helena also represented Henley Management College, Ghana and the rest of West Africa from 1998-2003 and played a key part in establishing the Consortium MBA programme which attracted over 100 participants from key private and public sector organisations including Ministry of Health, Ghana Civil Aviation Authority, Barclays Bank, Guinness, Crown Agents and VRA. She also played key account management and teaching roles on behalf of Henley in establishing and running a company programme for Ashanti Goldfields Company Ltd now AngloGold Ashanti.

Helena holds an MBA from Henley Management College (Henley Business School). She has carried out research about organisational and other factors affecting the successful transfer of learning to the workplace and applies the findings to various corporate assignments seeking real impact of learning investments on the job. Helena is also the founder of LearnTrans Ltd- A Management Consulting firm specialising in OD and Learning & Development projects. You will find details of LearnTrans on the firm’s website: www.learntransafrica.com