Rachel has been Head of Institution at the Academy of Live Technology since 2018. Based on Production Park, near Wakefield in West Yorkshire, the Academy specialises in vocational subjects relating to the live events industry.
After gaining a degree in Lighting Design, Rachel was awarded a postgraduate studentship to study an MA in Theatre Practice where she specialised in Lighting and Digital Scenography. Rachel subsequently pursued a successful freelance career as a lighting designer and technologist, before returning to the education sector permanently in 2006. Rachel is currently a member of the Creative Industries Council, Education and Skills Working Group and the HEFCW Quality Assurance Committee.