Rachel joins Respect as the Head of National System Change. She’s worked in the social care field for 25 years - in domestic abuse, substance misuse, mental health, and young people.
Rachel enjoys development work and for the past few years has led on projects working alongside people with lived experience, practitioners, and researchers to understand systemic gaps and barriers to create or improve responses. This included a pilot project exploring needs for families who wanted to stay in their relationships resulting in a whole family intervention.
She joins from SafeLives where she has recently been working on young people’s projects, exploring help seeking and early intervention for harming behaviour, and engaging young people to start co-creating a national advisory board.
Rachel has a keen interest in ensuring that everyone gets access to support that meets their needs. She created the SafeLives spotlight series to focus on different groups to highlight lived experience, specialist services, and research.
In her spare time, Rachel enjoys drinking tea, cooking, and being a cat servant.