Memorial service for former PPA Chair Dame Helen Alexander announced

Nicola Rowe

The memorial service for former PPA Chair Dame Helen Alexander, who sadly passed away in August, will be held on Thursday November 2 at St James’s Church, Piccadilly.

All those wishing to attend should contact Ally Gaskin at UBM (

Dame Helen was PPA Chair from 2007 to 2009. Before taking on this role, she sat on the PPA Board in her position as CEO of The Economist Group from 1997 to 2008, and her involvement in our industry continued through her role as Chair of leading PPA Business Media member UBM over the last five years.

She was also a well-known public figure as President of the Confederation of British Industry – the first woman ever to occupy this role – from 2009-2011.

Dame Helen was awarded a CBE in 2004 for her services to publishing, and she became a Dame in 2011. She was also awarded the Legion d'Honneur by the French government in 2015.

She will be very much missed by all those who knew her at the PPA and beyond.

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