Helen Coffey

Helen Coffey is a leading travel journalist and speaker with eight years’ experience in the industry. Currently deputy head of travel at The Independent, she has previously worked at national titles including The Telegraph, Evening Standard and Daily Express.

Over the course of her journalism career, Helen has penned hundreds of articles, from exclusive news stories and colourful long-form travel features to pithy opinion pieces and nuanced reviews.

She is regularly called upon to appear on other media outlets as an expert contributor on travel-related consumer stories. These include the BBC News Channel, BBC World News, BBC Breakfast, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio 4 and LBC, among others.

Having received a first-class degree in Drama from the University of Exeter and spent part of her early career leading theatre workshops for children, Helen is a confident and experienced public speaker. She has both facilitated panels and been a panelist at high-profile events, such as The Telegraph Ski and Snowboard Show and Be:Fit, given talks on journalism to higher education students at InvestIn taster days, and presented on the latest travel trends at exclusive Independent Minds reader events for subscribers. A practising Christian, Helen has also appeared on various panels and spoken at events regarding the intersection of journalism and faith for organisations including Christians in Media.

Helen’s latest focus is the future of sustainable travel; her next project will be attempting to give up flying for the whole of 2020, while still travelling as widely as possible, to prove that going flight-free is achievable – even for the most frequent of flyers.