Professor Helen Nicholson is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (External Engagement) at the University of Otago and a member of its Senior Management Team. Prior to taking up this role she was the Dean of the Otago School of Medical Sciences.

She graduated with an MBChB and BScHons from the University of Bristol and practiced medicine before returning to doctoral studies and an academic career in the Department of Anatomy at Bristol. She moved to New Zealand in 2000 to take up a Chair in Anatomy.

Professor Nicholson is also a director of New Zealand Genomics Ltd and Trustee of the New Zealand Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.