Director, Knowledge, Research and Education
Rachel has responsibility for the College's efforts to gather, build and share the best possible evidence, and embed it in professional development for policing, working closely with police organisations and educational establishments. She is Executive lead for the What Works Centre for Crime Reduction.
Rachel previously led knowledge and research teams in the National Policing Improvement Agency and the Home Office. She has published studies on issues ranging from neighbourhood policing and police leadership to handling racist incidents and race hate on the internet, recruitment and career progression of minority ethnic police officers, and flexible working practices.
Rachel has been seconded to several independent and government police reviews and was a member of the first Home Office task force sent to Macedonia to co-ordinate the evacuation of refugees from Kosovo. She began her career as a researcher in the University of East London in 1995, and prior to that became fluent in French working as a trainer, interpreter and course director in Northern France. Her OBE was awarded in 2013 for services to policing, specifically championing evidence-based policing.