Culture Perth & Kinross CEO Helen Smout is guest speaker at PBN’s ‘Striving For Excellence’ inspirational talks series

With a career spanning arts and culture, childcare, and a stint as library services manager, Helen Smout has been working towards the role of CEO for Culture Perth & Kinross (CPK) her entire life.

The driving force behind the county’s newly-formed cultural services organisation is the latest prominent business name to share the secrets of her success at Perthshire Businesswomen’s Network’s (PBN) ‘Striving For Excellence’ inspirational talks series on Tuesday, October 17 from 6-8pm in Perth Museum and Art Gallery.

Helen will look back at CPK’s highly successful first year which has seen footfall rise in Perth and Kinross’ museums and key libraries. She will also update members about the progress of the ambitious projects to transform Perth City Hall and Perth Museum and Art Gallery into modern cultural venues better able to showcase the county’s incredible collections to their best advantage.

She will also talk about her career path which has seen her progress through the public sector ranks to a position overseeing million pound budgets and hundreds of staff.

Helen Smout said: “I am honoured to be invited along to address PBN members. I am very impressed by the work the organisation does to support and encourage female entrepreneurs and businesswomen.”

Jane Rennie, PBN Chairwoman added: “PBN is delighted that Helen has taken time out of her busy working week to participate in PBN’s ‘Striving for Excellence’ talks series.

“It’s a great opportunity for members and guests to learn from this inspirational businesswoman and I hope her career journey will encourage more women to aim for top jobs in both the public and private sector.”

Tickets cost £16 (PBN members) and £20 for non-members are available on Eventbrite via the PBN website ( The event runs from 6-8pm and includes an informal buffet supper and the chance to network before and after.

For more information about Perthshire Businesswomen’s Network (PBN) or for comment, please contact Alison Lowson on 0758 409 3354 or by email