Helen Smith is IMPALA’s Executive Chair and Secretary General, based in Brussels. Originally from Scotland, Helen manages the secretariat and drives the organisation's key strategies on a political, commercial and promotional level. She developed IMPALA’s award schemes to give independent labels and their artists an additional promotional tool. She also helped thousands of independent companies and artists make their collective voice heard in the European Courts when they won a landmark merger judgement. She also developed the IMPALA Action Plan for Music and the Action Plan for Finance. Helen sits on various boards including the Cultural Industries Stakeholders Platform in Brussels.