outdoorsy, eccentric, unstoppable…
RP founded NFE in 2010 with one house and a green mission – now she’s driving that again – for the company – but also solving industry wide problems that few others are prepared to trial. For good reason – they’re not easy. Undeterred (or just belligerent) Rachel rolls her sleeves up and weighs stinky bins, asks alot of questions, raises funds and collaborates across the industry to create change.
Rachel is the 3rd generation in her family who has worked with guests in the tourism industry. Her grandmother ran a self-catering business for years. Her mum does Bed and Breakfast. Rachel made a lot of tea for guests when she was a kid….
Rachel lived in Australia working for an adventure tourism company hosting guests in remote bush camps and farming sheep and cattle. She ended up as a travel writer for an eclectic travel brand that many pennies dropped. She says, “the most successful businesses were those with a thoughtful set up, the sharing of their knowledge, the interesting, rather than predictable style.
Pre COP2010 Rachel worked for The Prince’s Rainforests Project, co-ordinating their youth education programme. That followed up with support and consultancy for The Environmental Justice Foundation, a social justice education programme for The People Speak with History Channel, Eden Project and others gave her a good grounding in sustainability goals.
In 2011, with a very small baby in tow, Rachel started renting Ploughmans Cottage as a holiday cottage. It ran it for 4 years before she set up New Forest Escapes, partly with the goal of encouraging more people to holiday in the UK, reducing travel emissions and making UK holidays a proper option to overseas family travel.
She has an ongoing love affair with trees, horses and bicycles and loves to develop the company brand and generally help steer the tiller.