Senior Lecturer, Experience Design, Cornwall Business School

Helen Worthington is a Senior Lecturer at Falmouth University in the Faculty of Business & Experience Design, delivering into Sustainable Festival/Tourism Management, Creative Events Management and Music Business, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, in traditional, blended and online formats. Helen also facilitates Knowledge Exchange and Partnership activities with external partners including The Eden Project and Cornwall Music Service Trust.

She is currently undertaking an MSc in Psychology with the University of Exeter, deepening her expertise within the domain of social sustainability and community cohesion, with a focus on young people, families, and festivals. She is a member of the British Psychological Society and a panellist for the University of Exeter's BPS course accreditation.

Helen's industry expertise includes partnership development, tour, festival and project management and crisis management. She has delivered high-level projects, partnerships and large-scale tours for professional orchestras, performing artists, festivals, venues and co-productions worldwide including with BBC Proms, Edinburgh Festival, Royal Albert Hall, Melbourne Festival, Philharmonie Paris and others. She has negotiated contracts in China, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Australia, India, and throughout Europe. Her latter work focused on re-imagining business models in the digital landscape, including emerging live performance concepts for new audiences, and digital recording solutions. 

Attracting industry awards for achievements in innovation, a notable feature of Helen's experience was her long-standing, multi-layered partnership with the LSO, with whom she pioneered orchestral touring in India and brokered a digital label agreement on behalf of the Choir of King's College, Cambridge. She became a senior creative director at Intermusica, launching a new division dedicated to diversifying core business in the digital landscape, which is now a leading standard in the sector.

She was Chief Executive of a charity partnership in the South West, before transitioning into education full time, although maintains strong links with industry. She holds certificates in Management & Leadership Development and Effective Business Influencing. In 2012, she received an Excellence awards as site/volunteer manager for the 2012 London Olympics Ambassadors. 

Helen speaks fluent French and is a professionally trained pianist and accompanist.

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Year Qualification Awarding body
2019 Postgraduate Certificate of Higher Education Falmouth University
2003 BA (Hons) Music & French Studies Lancaster University

Honors and awards

Year Description

3 x Falmouth University 'You're Brilliant' student awards


Artist Manager of the Year Award (ABO/Rhinegold)


Outstanding Contribution to Music

Membership of external committees

Institute of Travel & Tourism

Research Interests

Research interests and expertise

  • Social Sustainability (Festivals, Psychologies)
  • Live Performance Formats (Music/Multimedia)
  • Festival Design & Management
  • Crisis Management (Festivals/Events)


Areas of teaching

  • business innovation
  • Cultural Management
  • digital events
  • event design
  • Event Management
  • law & intellectual property
  • Music Management
  • Project Management
  • research for events
  • sustainable events management
  • tour management

Courses taught

  • BA(Hons) Creative Event Management
  • MA Creative Event Management
  • BA(Hons) Sustainable Festivals Management
  • BA(Hons) Popular Music
  • BA(Hons) Music
  • BA(Hons) Creative Music Technology

Policy engagement within Cornwall

Engagement with organisations which contribute to the development of educational, cultural or socio-economic policies in Cornwall

Partnership Officer & Chief Executive of Safer Stronger Consortium
Director of CIC, The Soul Tent Initiative, Cornwall