Rachel is an experienced policy official with the Department for Education, and currently leads 16 to 19 funding policy. Previous leads have included 16 to 19 student financial support, Traineeship and Adult Skills funding policy roles. Rachel was the Business Change and Communications Manager for the Enabling the Future programme in the Insolvency Service and has held management roles within offices of both the Official Receiver and Small Business Service in Sheffield. Before joining the civil service in 2001, Rachel had a varied career including working in the mobility industry, banking and retail.
Growing up in Sheffield, Rachel sang in school choirs and was a keen recorder player. After university, she returned to Sheffield, and volunteered for many years with Northern Radio, Sheffield’s Hospital Radio Service, whilst treading the amateur boards with The Company directed by Mark Langley. She joined Hallam Choral Society under Vivien Pike in 1993, and in 1998 successfully auditioned for Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus, with whom she still regularly performs at the City Hall as part of the Sheffield International Concert Season each year.
Whilst volunteering as Marketing and Publicity officer for the Sheffield Phil, Rachel successfully created and produced “Alight!”, Sheffield’s 2012 Cultural Olympiad event, which featured over 1,000 performers, commissioned and performed two world premieres, and featured over 30 separate performances from groups as diverse as the Sheffield Giants, Sheffield City Morris, and indeed the Sheffield Music Academy.
She lives in Sheffield with her husband and daughter, who is studying cornet at the Academy.