Helen Protheroe


Helen Protheroe is the Royal College of Art's Director of Development & Alumni Relations and a member of the College’s leadership team.

The Royal College of Art is the number one institution of Art & Design in the world. Its students represent the world’s largest concentration of postgraduate art and design talent. It creates global leaders across the creative sectors and across generations. Its alumni include Sir David Adjaye, Christopher Bailey, Tony Cragg, Richard Deacon, Sir James Dyson, Tracey Emin, Dr Anthony Finkelstein, Thomas Heatherwick, Barbara Hepworth, David Hockney, Gertrude Jekyll, Asif Kapadia, Orla Kiely, Dr Louise Kiesling, Sir Edwin Lutyens, Henry Moore, Chris Ofili, Dame Zandra Rhodes, Bridget Riley, and Richard Wentworth. 

The Development & Alumni Relations department oversees the global charitable and external relations activity of the Royal College alongside the relationship of the College with its Alumni.              

Prior to the Royal College of Art, Helen worked in leadership roles at The Design Museum, The Royal Opera House, The London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art, The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and Wales Millennium Centre. She is Board Member of Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures and Trustee of the Green Man Festival.