Heleen uses her passion for colour to help people make colour choices in their homes, designing colour tools to help make those decisions easier. She also takes great pleasure each year in overseeing the creation of the AkzoNobel annual colour trend forecasts, Colour Futures.

Before joining the Global Aesthetics Center, Heleen studied at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, Netherlands and worked in the world of magazines for 20 years, as an interior stylist and design editor.