Helen P. Stephens is a maker, author and social entrepreneur.
In 2010 she set up a social enterprise to provide affordable web design services to voluntary and community groups. In 2014 she Co-founded Little Sandbox, a Tech Club for kids providing an environment for children to make use of digital equipment and resources to develop their tech skills. This expanded in 2019 to become a makerspace when Sandbox Workshop was opened to the public in a community library in North Liverpool.
Helen is also a non-executive director/trustee of 3 other social enterprises: VOLA Learning Consortium, Inclusive Economy Liverpool and Periscope Productions CIC.
Following graduation from a music industry management degree, she lived in London, working for a number of music companies. She returned home to Liverpool and worked in a variety of jobs from admin to childcare – She even had a short stint as a taxi driver – before she discovered her passion for Making.
Being a female entrepreneur in a predominantly male industry, she is passionate about encouraging women and girls to take an interest in technology and digital making.
She spends her spare time playing video games and watching television. She supports Liverpool football club and is a member of the Labour Party. She lives with her long term boyfriend and their cat Tilly.
Her debut novel, ‘Inspired by Night’ was published under the pseudonym L. E. May by Xcite Books in August 2014.