Client-centred and solutions-focussed
Rachel is an experienced executive who has developed into an executive coach, an entrepreneur and a non-executive director (NED). Her style is ‘a calm head in the storm’. Her ongoing role as a Board advisor offers a unique perspective and keeps her experience current, relevant and business-focussed.
Rachel is an investor relations (IR) expert who founded Arko Iris, a boutique consultancy advising mid- to large-cap leadership teams. The consultancy has successfully provided IR, stakeholder engagement, ESG and corporate governance counsel to UK and international companies, facilitating access to capital.
Rachel was a NED for an AIM oil & gas company, sitting on the audit, nominations and remuneration committees. She supported the leadership team through an intense and complex strategic review resulting in the company delisting. Pro bono roles include chairing the National Paralympic Heritage Trust’s Finance Committee and sitting on the Royal Yachting Association’s Audit & Risk Committee.
As an executive coach, Rachel works with private clients. She also coaches at LHH’s International Centre for Executive Options providing career advisory services for sitting and transitioning senior leaders. Sector experience spans financial services, pharmaceuticals, motor sport, construction and fintech.
Executive coaching assignments include: assisting in a change of role, including making impact in the first 90 days; positioning oneself to the market for a change; leadership progression; executive presence, including developing gravitas; making impact at the Board table; and dealing with post-COVID challenges.
Rachel’s coaching philosophy is client-centred (clients are in control of the conversation) and solutions-focussed (finding ways to move towards client’s goals.) She draws upon a range of coaching theories and has experience of client-centred, behavioural and cognitive behavioural coaching.
In her early career, Rachel was a tax expert in the Big 4 before moving to the City for a second career in the capital markets. In a leadership position at FTSE 100 London Stock Exchange during a period of turbulent change, Rachel was responsible for relationships with the Boards of all UK listed companies.