About Helen

Helen Doe is a historian, author and speaker with a particular love of maritime subjects. It is people, often the ordinary and, sometimes unsung, heroes and heroines that attract her attention. Her latest book, The First Atlantic Liner, features the stories of the passengers and crew on Brunel’s first ship which linked Bristol, Liverpool and New York. Fighter Pilot, is her biography of a Battle of Britain Pilot and it was warmly reviewed, and became a best seller. She was co editor and major contributer to the award winning The Maritime History of Cornwall and her PhD research led to the groundbreaking Enterprising Women in Shipping in Nineteenth Century.

She has appeared on many Radio 4 programmes and on TV. A well known speaker, she is much in demand as a cruise ship guest lecturer and is an accredited lecturer for the Arts Society (previously known as NADFAS)

She is a Fellow of the University of Exeter, where she teaches part-time on a range of courses and supervises postgraduates. She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (FRHistS) and a Trustee of the British Commission for Maritime History.

Before studying at Exeter, she worked as a marketing consultant for a range of companies inside and outside the UK. Before that, her main career was in sales and marketing with IBM UK.