Helen Skelton started her presenting career as the 33rd presenter of Blue Peter. She has gone on to present Countryfile, the swimming coverage of Rio 2016 Summer Olympics, and the daytime series The Instant Gardener. As an amazing host or exciting motivational speaker, Helen brings her natural charm and charisma to the corporate world.
Helen Skelton joined the Blue Peter team in the summer of 2008, as the 33rd presenter of the long-running show. Staying until 2013, her natural personable style and adventurous streak won her many loyal fans and saw her cement herself as one of Britain’s best-loved presenters.
Since leaving the children’s show Helen has presented Countryfile, The Instant Gardener and covered some of the historic sporting events of Rio 2016 and London 2012 for the BBC. Rio 2016 brought Helen to prominence as one of the foremost presenters of the BBC’s team. The perfect awards host and after-dinner speaker, Helen’s natural ease in front of the camera and a large audience ensures she is an adept and entertaining speaker.
Helen has continued to establish her presenting career in covering the London Marathons in 2010 and 2011 for BBC 5 Live team, reporting from the Epsom Derby and Wimbledon Championships for the same station.
Creating a name for herself as a brilliant sporting presenter, she was one of the BBC’s faces for the London 2012 Games and in 2016 Helen presented coverage of the Rio Olympics for the same channel. She brought broadcast Team GB’s most historic moments to viewers at home, her work in the summer of 2016 brought her presenting skills to the forefront of the limelight.
In 2013 Helen presented BBC 1’s Holiday Hit Squad, combing her job and her love of travel!
Alongside her day job, Helen is a part-time adventurer, in 2009 she was crowned the second woman ever to complete the Namibia Ultra Marathon. Not stopping there, only two weeks later she ran to prestigious London Marathon for Leonard Cheshire Disability. Running isn’t the only outdoor event Helen excels at, she has climbed out of a Moulin on an Alaskan glacier, beaten a world power boat champion and come in 6th place in the UK Women’s Downhill Skateboarding Championships.
Following her double marathon triumph in 2009, Helen kayaked 2,010 miles down the Amazon in support ofSport Relief just one year later in 2010. Breaking two Guinness World Records; the longest solo journey by kayak, and the longest kayak by a woman in 24 hours, Helen put her name in history books as Blue Peter documented her trip in a two-part special for SportRelief.
For Comic Relief 2011, Helen decided to train in the art of high wire walking and completed a 150-metre-long, 66-metre-high walk between the towers of Battersea Power Station. ‘Girl on Wire’ was aired as a BBC1 special, and it led to her being nominated for Best Presenter at the 2011 Children's BAFTAs.
In 2012 Helen became the first person to reach the South Pole using a bicycle, and continuing her adventurous streak in 2013 she took on seven challenges for Comic Relief, hoping to inspire her Blue Peter audience. Despite failing in two challenges, she still succeeded in 5!
Able to share motivational stories about the numerous incredible adventures she has taken on, Helen’s library of tales entertains and amazes any audiences. Also a brilliant live events facilitator and awards host, the presenter can look after any crowd with ease, her personable and charismatic nature ensures she is well-loved on the corporate scene.