Prior to her Academic Career Dr Rachel Lilley spent over 25 years leading NGO and public sector projects on issues such as climate change, health, well-being and homelessness. Her PhD research focused on building capacities in senior leaders in Welsh Government to address climate change. Recognised as world leading, it combined behavioural and psychological insights with embodied practices, to improve collaboration, reduce bias and help leaders work effectively with complexity. Her work has been described as 'radical' by the Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford.
After completing her PhD Rachel became co-director of Aberystwyth University Behavioural Insights Research Centre. She is currently developing a Masters Programme in Systems Thinking and Leadership whilst working on a Sport England funded project in The East Riding of Yorkshire looking at a systemic approach to increasing activity, She is currently a behaviour change consultant/trainer in a Sport England project in East Riding, providing research input through a partnership with the Birmingham University Leadership Institute. She has recently joined the College of Life and Environmental Sciences as a Research Fellow.