David England, Company Secretary

David joined the IP Federation as Secretary in June 2010. His background is in medicinal chemistry, with a degree in natural sciences from the University of Cambridge. He is also a UK and European patent attorney with 25 years’ experience gained at Reckitt & Colman, Astra Phar­ma­ceuticals and BTG Inter­national. During his career, he has worked extensively on the creation, defence and licensing of intellectual property (mainly patents, but also designs and trade marks), and has rep­resented his employers on both the patent and design com­mit­tees of the IP Federation.

In his spare time, he has been singing for the last 25 years with the highly-regarded BBC Symphony Chorus, performing regularly at venues including the Barbican and the Royal Albert Hall.

Helen Georghiou, Office Manager

Helen joined the IP Federation as Admin Assistant in November 2016. This was a completely new sector for her, as she had spent over 20 years as PA and office manager in market research companies. She then followed her personal passion and entered the world of property development, where she still works on a part-time basis. Some could say that in many respects intellectual property and physical property have similarities when it comes to ownership and rights, so joining the IP Federation made perfect sense. It has proven to be a rewarding environment.

With two daughters, a husband and a dog, there’s not much time left! But where possible, Helen enjoys interior designing, socialising … and the odd vodka or two!