Helen Nugent - Editor
Helen Nugent is the Founder and Editor of Northern Soul. A Northern lass, born and bred in Manchester, Helen has been back in her home town for 13 years after working in London for The Times and a number of other national newspapers. You can find articles by Helen in, among others, The Guardian, The Mail on Sunday, The Times, the i newspaper, The Observer, Big Issue North, and The Yorkshire Post. Previous roles include producing and presenting the business news at BBC Radio 5 Live and on BBC local radio across the UK, and freelancing for The Daily Telegraph, The Independent on Sunday, The Sunday Times and the Financial Times. She also spent 18 months as Money Editor of The Spectator. During ten years at The Times, Helen won a series of awards including Journalist of the Year and had a number of jobs including News Reporter, News Editor, Lobby Correspondent in the House of Commons, Business Reporter, and Financial Writer. In addition, Helen runs her own media training and consultancy firm, Helen Nugent Consulting.
Helen has appeared on Sky News, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4, BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio Manchester, BBC Radio Merseyside, BBC Radio Lancashire, BBC World Service, talkRadio, and GB News. An experienced chairperson and speaker, she regularly chairs conferences and events for, among others, literature festivals, award ceremonies, and tech shows. She was also a Guest Lecturer at Westminster University in the Department of Journalism & Mass Communication, and a Guest Lecturer at City University and at MMU. She taught Music Journalism at Salford University for a number of years, and taught Political Reporting at Huddersfield University. In 2017, she was shortlisted for Person with Purpose at the Northern Power Women Awards. In 2019, Helen was a judge for the HWA Gold Crown Awards which recognise the best historical novels. She has also chaired the panel of judges at the Northern Soul Awards.
Bethany Smith - EDITORIAL ASSISTANT
Bethany Smith is Northern Soul‘s Editorial Assistant. A trainee journalist and spare time musician with a foundation degree in English and a background in music performance and songwriting. Beth loves sad songs, lyricism, and clever wording – especially witty one-liners. An avid believer in equality and inclusivity, she hopes to forge a career that can make a difference. She is currently in her final year of a Multimedia Journalism degree at the University of Salford. You can keep up with her work via Twitter @BethCMJourno and Instagram @BethCMJourno