About Us

Highland Community Resources was established in 2015 by owner, Helen Barton.   Helen works independently, collaborating with partner consultants and organisations where necessary depending on the requirements of individual projects.


Helen is an experienced and highly competent practitioner and leader, with vast experience, much of it  at executive and senior levels, with a good working knowledge in all aspects of social enterprise and the voluntary sectors.   She has enjoyed a successful and dynamic career to date working in a variety of challenging roles, and has developed a diverse portfolio across the social housing, voluntary, charitable and public service sectors.


Helen has been a member of senior Executive teams, responsible for matters such as budget setting and control, risk management, health and safety and strategic business planning.  Her lead  responsibilities have included: developing and implementing core operational services; leading and mentoring staff; and developing positive and successful business management and organisational culture.  

She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing.  She holds an ILM Level 5 certificate in Leadership from the Social Enterprise Academy, and an NLP Business Communication Diploma from Think Global.  

As well as providing independent consultancy services through Highland Community Resources, Helen also works in partnership or as an associate with other consultants. She has been appointed as a Housing Associate under a framework agreement with the iHUb Place, Home and Housing programme 2017-19. She has worked in partnership with Lockhart Consulting and as an occasional associate with North Star Consulting and Research. She also works part time as a Community Engagement Advisor with the Scottish Land Commission.

Helen is passionate about supporting communities,  and this extends to a wide range of local and national voluntary work, as a Board Member for Cairn Housing Association, Community Council member and local decision maker for a LEADER European funding Local Action Group.  Find our more about Helen's experience and achievements at her LinkedIn profile at the link below.