I studied psychology at university and subsequently spent 11 years working in the field of Human Resources and Health & Safety, most recently working as a HR Project Director for a global medical technology business. I was part of the UK senior leadership team and lead global projects on employee engagement and high potential talent development so I developed a good understanding of leadership challenges and the commercial world. At the same time I experienced high levels of anxiety, insomnia and chronic fatigue and needed to reach out for help and support to rebuild my emotional wellbeing.
This experience spurred me into going back to my psychology roots and complete further training in the fields of mental health, wellbeing and sleep. I’m passionate about helping people to keep their minds fit and healthy. Having the right knowledge to spot the signs and symptoms of mental distress and how to go on to get help and support and build resilience is invaluable; I love training within organisations, sharing practical tools and strategies for individuals to do just that. I bring my passion for raising awareness around mental health in the workplace, my own lived experiences and a warm and engaging style to my seminars and training sessions.
2019 – current: Principal Consultant at byrne·dean
2015 – current: Mental Fitness Coach, DAWN Coaching & Therapy
2011 – 2014: HR Project Director, Getinge Group
2003 – 2012: Getinge Group
Global champion for succession and high potential planning, Getinge Group
HR & Health and Safety manager, Getinge UK
HR Manager, Getinge UK
HR Administrator, Getinge UK
2002 – 2003: Principle Clerk, Occupational Psychology, University of Leicester
BSc Psychology, University of Leicester
Postgraduate Diploma in Personnel Management, De Montfort University
NEBOSH National General Certificate in Occupational Safety & Health, Royal International Training Centre
Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) Master Coach, Inspirational Minds Training Ltd
Master Practitioner in NLP, Inspirational Minds Training Ltd
Master Practitioner in Hypnotherapy, Inspirational Minds Training Ltd
The R.E.S.T. Programme, Dr David Lee, Advanced Assessment and Treatment Strategies for People with Insomnia
Mental Health First Aid Instructor, MHFA England
"Rachael recently partnered with our firm to deliver a session on 'Your wellbeing: Returning to the office'. From content design to delivery on the day, Rachael was really collaborative in her approach in ensuring the session spoke to the culture and values of our firm without losing sight of the key messages and helpful techniques to support this topic. We had lots of positive feedback from our people who really enjoyed how interactive and engaging the session was. Rachael has a very natural delivery style and it was a pleasure to listen to her expertise."