Image: Helen Wellings
Reporter and Presenter, Channel 7
BA TSTC (Monash)
- Carl Bento
- © Australian Museum
Helen is recognised as Australia's foremost consumer affairs expert and has been Seven's national reporter on consumer and trade practices issues for 18 years. A former history and English teacher, in 1973 she joined the NSW Department of Consumer Affairs to implement public information programs. Helen has appeared on a range of national news, current affairs and talk-back radio programs, and wrote weekly columns for newspapers and magazines. Termed a "crusader for consumer rights", she has exposed many industry malpractices and unsafe products. She worked with world consumer advocate, Ralph Nader in Washington DC in 1980. From 1986 –1995 Helen hosted and reported on the ABC's consumer watchdog program, The Investigators, before becoming host then senior reporter for Network Seven's current affairs program, Today Tonight. She has written two books, Buying Power: A Guide for Consumers in Australia and Home Energy Guide. Helen’s awards include a Logie for most outstanding current affairs story in 1992 (The Homefund Scheme scandal), a Penguin Award for Best Female Presenter in 1987, the Better Hearing Award in 1990 and NSW Department of Fair Trading Consumer Protection Awards. Her past roles include four years of jury membership for the Royal Australian Institute of Architecture's awards and for the Victorian Architects Registration Board Architectural Services Awards. Helen was appointed to the Trust in February 2011.