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Aurum Governance

The Aurum Institute is governed by a Board of Directors, supported by governance committees and led by a Group Management Executive consisting of a Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) supported by a Technical Expert Group; a Group Chief Operations Officer (COO) and a Group Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

Ms Helen Levin

  • Title: Director: Public Relations & Special Projects
  • Qualifications: TBC
  • Location: Parktown

Helen Levin started her working career in the corporate environment. In 1999, Helen joined the Medical Research Council, in Durban, working on the HVTN and HPTN Research Trials. In 2000 Helen served as a member of the Secretariat for the XIIIth International AIDS Conference, assisting with all the planning and arrangements for the international conference.

During her time with the Medical Research Council she set up their offices and laboratory at their head office in Sydney Road Durban and was responsible for setting up their clinics at Marion Hill hospital and Kwadabeka Hospital. Helen was responsible for all event management for both local and international stakeholders. In 2001, Helen joined the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Research and Development Department and was once again involved with building refurbishments and renovations, arranging events and research objectives.

In 2003, Helen was one of the original founding members of the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA) and worked with the CAPRISA team to set up Research Centre which included set up their pharmacy, research laboratory, the CAPRISA head office and their research clinics at Umbilo, eThekwini Treatment and Prevention clinics and their rural treatment and prevention clinic in Vulindlela, in the Natal Midlands. Helen was the Operations and Administration Manager responsible for the operations, project management, fleet, facilities, health and safety, training, events, marketing and communications across all the different geographical areas. Whilst working for CAPRISA, Helen was seconded to the University of KwaZulu-Natal, as part of the project management professional team that built the Doris Duke Medical Research Centre and the Howard Hughes Medical Centre, both focused on HIV/AIDS and TB laboratories.

In January 2009, Helen relocated to Johannesburg and joined the Aurum Institute as their Communications and Facilities Manager and later appointed into the role of Head of Communications and Marketing.

In January 2011, Helen was appointed the role of Deputy Director Operations for the Ekurhuleni North Sub-District, responsible for building and setting up the Aurum Research Centre at Tembisa Hospital, the Winnie Mandela Male Sexual Health Clinic and developing the managers, teams and operational procedures for the Winnie Mandela Sexual Health (MMC Clinic), the Ekurhuleni North Community Programme, Community Engagement Programmes in both Research and Health Systems Strengthening and Ekurhuleni North Operational support to the facilities.

In October 2012, Helen was appointed the role of Deputy Director Public Relations and Special Projects and one of her special projects is the management of the Ekurhuleni North Medical Male Circumcision Programme.

On the 1st July 2016, Helen was appointed the role of Director : Public Relations and Special Projects with the focus on developing Aurum’s profile, brand and further expanding both internal and external communication platforms. Under the Special Projects portfolio, Helen oversees Aurum’s Facility, Fleet and Asset Management; Health, Safety and Environment Management and Project Management.