OHBP Co-Founder


Rachel Helliwell is the Director of the Centre of Expertise for Waters (CREW) and the Hydro Nation International Centre (HNIC), James Hutton Institute, Scotland. The Centres deliver at the water policy: research interface, involving co-construction of knowledge between academics and the water stakeholder community of policy, industry and practitioners.

Rachel brings many qualities to this role and has extensive experience of delivering policy relevant and strategic research. She is an established catchment scientist and prior to taking on her role in CREW/HNIC, she worked to improve knowledge of catchment biogeochemical processes and hydrological cycles affecting the interactions between landscapes, their management and the resulting impacts on water quality and quantity.

More recently Rachel has worked with the Scottish Government to establish and implement Hydro Nation International. In this role she engaged at a senior level with key policy, regulatory and industry figures and developed and coordinated projects in India and Malawi as part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals.

PhD, Environmental Science; University of Aberdeen (UK)

MSc, Soil Science; University of Aberdeen (UK)
(1993 – 1994)

BSc; University of Stirling (UK)
(1989 – 1993)