Helen Hearn

Senior Advisor, Spectrum Management


Helen works with Policy Impact Partners as a Senior Advisor, Spectrum Management having recently left UK regulator Ofcom where she spent a significant period as the interim Group Director for spectrum, overseeing new spectrum management and space spectrum strategies, and the development of UK positions in preparation for the WRC 23.

She is a senior leader who has over 25 years of experience in spectrum management, spanning policy development and implementation, operational management, regulatory compliance, and spectrum strategy. She started her spectrum career as a member of the government team which delivered the first UK spectrum auction, for 3G licences.

During her early years at Ofcom, Helen headed the UK delegation on regulatory affairs within CEPT. She has led large multi-disciplinary teams in managing and evolving the spectrum authorisation framework across diverse industries and public sector users.

In recent years, Helen has been responsible for supporting innovation through more spectrum sharing and evaluating changing spectrum requirements across the defence, utilities, and transport sectors. As a member of multiple Ofcom steering boards, she covered mobile strategy, spectrum clearance programmes, better data use and information provision and international engagement