You may be forgiven for thinking that Rachel’s voluntary commitments at Barclays sound as demanding and time consuming as her full-time work. From her activities as co-chair of one of the Barclay’s Women’s Initiative Networks, to organising the annual Light The Night Dragon Boat race for Bloodwise and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Rachel also supports the veteran community through military Insight days and workshops.
Her passion for inspiring and empowering others, combined with her innate ability to ‘get stuff done’, no doubt contributed to her WeAreTheCity Rising Stars Award nomination (in the Banking category), both 2016 and 2017. As Rachel says herself: “I am focused on delivering tangible results; I’m not daunted by difficult challenges or conflicting priorities and will always see a task through to the end, no matter how complex.” It is, in part, this attitude that identified her as a prime candidate for a brand new role in Global Markets Operations, within only a year of joining the Investment Bank.
As Strategy and Optimisation Lead, Rachel’s aim is to optimise Global Markets Operations across the Investment Bank. She says: “I’m responsible for delivering key initiatives that align with our Tech and Data strategy, identifying opportunities to improve and enhance our existing processes, ensuring efficiency and effectiveness across the Operations function.” She adds: “I loved my career in the Royal Navy and have many outstanding memories but I have found leaving for the private sector extremely liberating.”