Tributes paid to inspirational Bulwell woman Helen
Tributes have been paid to a ‘much loved and respected’ senior officer at Nottingham City Council.
Helen Blackman, from Bulwell was the authority’s director of children’s integrated services, died aged 54 following complications caused by Covid-19.
Mrs Blackman, who lived in Bulwell, first qualified as a social worker in 1989 and had dedicated her working life to improving opportunities for children and young people in Nottingham and the wider area.
She moved to the council in 1998 and took on a series of management roles before being appointed director of children’s integrated services in 2013.
Coun David Mellen, council leader, said: “I was aware that Helen had been very poorly for a few weeks, but I still feel a profound sense of shock and loss at her passing.
“She was inspirational in the way she led the department and was held in the highest esteem by her staff.
Mel Barrett, council chief executive, said: “Her absolute commitment to do the best for children in Nottingham clearly shone through.”
Cheryl Barnard, portfolio holder for children and young people, said: “Her warmth and approachability resulted in really positive relationships with our staff, partners, foster carers and children in care.
Catherine Underwood, corporate director for people, said: “Helen was a passionate champion for children and young people and an inspirational social work leader, both locally and nationally.
"She always had time for others and went out of her way to help people in so many ways.”