Ms Helen Burton nee Hallpike

Research project: What do you do when your career script runs out?


I am researching older executives' career decisions over their lifespan in order to understand the influence of changes such as increasing longevity on their decisions about the later stages of their careers. To do this I am devising a framework to identify the key dimensions of careers in the 21st century. This framework will highlight how these dimensions have changed in recent years and howcareer decisions may be influenced by changes in the dimensions or by executives' perceptions of their changing position across the dimensions. I propose to apply the new framework to executive accounts of their career decisions to understand their decision criteria at different stages over the lifespan. I intend to compare this with their current career preferences and the opportunities they perceive they now have to sustain their careers and I propose to identify any emerging career scripts.

My approach is social constructionist and the theoretical basis is career stages theory.


For the last few years I have been a Company Director & University Business Lecturer specialising in Executive Remuneration, Careers, Corporate Governance and previously Strategy & Marketing. Former employers include: AVIS Europe; Lloyds Bank Group,  PwC; An an Entrepreneur I co-founded & was a Board Director (Commercial & HR) of a PE backed travel; earlier in my career I was UK Sales Director for Kaypro, the first portable computers and some of the the first laptop computers in the UK.

Areas of research interest

  • Careers
  • Older workers
  • Sustainable careers
  • Career decisions


  • MA 1st Class Hons, Oxford University;
  • MBA, INSEAD global business school;
  • PGCE, Cambridge University,
  • Diploma, Chartered Institute of Marketing
  • Masters in Research, Kingston Business School (2014).

Funding or awards received

  • Dalbea Award