Rachel Harrison

History and experience

Rachel specialises in helping organisations and people to make change and move forward. Since 1997 Rachel has been consulting, coaching and training, researching and writing on various subjects including management and leadership, organisational development, cross cultural communications, performance management, working with change and conflict resolution. She has an international portfolio and in the last 15 years has worked in 31 countries across Europe, USA and Africa.

Rachel has an unusually eclectic, successful and extensive experience of consultancy and learning development across a broad range of sectors, multi-nationals, large public sector organisations, small and medium sized businesses and the third sector. This cross sector experience enhances, enriches and informs her work.

Formerly, she was an education advisor for BBC Education. Before this, a departmental head and senior lecturer in performing arts in adult education. She is a qualified Dramatherapist and Youth and Community worker, and holds a masters degree in continuing education and training.


Rachel has worked with Centre clients from a broad range of sectors including private sector clients, NGOs, education, media, local authorities, health and professional practice.

Training style

Rachel cares a great deal that what she offers makes a genuine, positive difference to individuals and to organisations.

She draws on a rich background in arts, education and media to work innovatively and creatively. She is an excellent and very experienced facilitator of people and teams and has a well honed and practiced ability to make connections with a diversity of people at all levels in an organisation. 


Rachel specialises in management and leadership courses and is one of the lead trainers for the senior management courses on the management ladder, including Moving from manager to leader and Moving up in management. She also specialises in Emotional intelligence, Internal communications, Project management and in occasional courses looking at social research techniques, for example, Focus groups.

As well as training at the Centre, Rachel also runs bespoke in-house training and one-to-one coaching sessions. Most recently Rachel has designed and run a bespoke leadership and management programme for all middle managers in a high profile campaigning charity, with a national reach, and delivered successful project management courses and workshops for private sector clients.


“Rachel woke me up from my slumber, as a manager who was wearing blinkers. The most entertaining course I have been on for quite some time. I learnt a lot of new words, I trusted it and I felt confident and empowered at the end of it.”
CB, National Centre for Social Research
"Rachel was excellent and entertaining. We did not lose focus all day."
The Lansdowne Club
"Rachel was very good at new concepts and making the topic relevant and interesting. I learn't so much from this course." 
HK, Client Earth