Rachel is a passionate advocate for working mums, firmly believing that nurturing and supporting this badass talent pool is vital for the success of our economy. The evidence is clear – organisations with better gender balance perform better.
During a 20 year career in the city within Big tech & Financial services, she navigated two returns to work post-maternity leave and experienced first-hand how challenging it is to balance career aspirations with the needs of your family. Like her, so many of her peers were also struggling and either ended up burning out, leaving or not reaching their potential.
Rachel feels that it is the mid-career point where women are often hitting their stride and starting families that need real thought and investment to ensure it feels possible & sustainable to be a working mum.
Initially, she sat as Vice-Chair of Cisco’s Inclusion board, in addition, she led the UK “Back to Business” group supporting those returning from long term leave to effectively settle back into work.
However, she wanted to do more and so qualified as a coach and started her company A Different Me – where she is on a mission to ensure that all working mums feel supported, valued and empowered to manage the career and family life in a way that works for them.
In addition, she consults with forward-thinking organisations helping to create better parental policies, and ensure they attract & retain great female talent.