Rachel Ilett


Rachel has five years’ corporate and third sector communications experience with a global PR agency, local and international NGOs, and civil society coalitions.

Most recently this has involved a project to develop the sustainability strategy and communications for John West and its parent company Thai Union. She also led a stakeholder engagement project for a tech start-up, following their involvement in CityVerve, the UK’s first smart cities demonstrator in Manchester. The report proposed a set of recommendations about future smart cities innovation projects to the UK Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport.

Rachel’s third sector experience has seen her work on global campaigns for International NGOs including WaterAid and the World Hepatitis Alliance. For WaterAid, this included advising civil society organisations in the global north and south on their communications and advocacy work, and producing campaign toolkits and resources. She was part of a team of three which mobilised over 400,000 people in 72 countries to participate in WaterAid’s World Water Day campaign. She has also worked for a child rights organisation in India, leading on a qualitative and quantitative research report about the status of child rights in the city of Bhavnagar in Gujarat. This report has been shared with partners and NGOs across Gujarat, and other Indian states, as a guideline for local level campaigning on child rights. 

In her role at the Royal Commonwealth Society, she oversaw media relations for Commonwealth Day 2017 and the Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey, liaising with multiple stakeholders including BBC Events, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, and the Prime Minister of Malta’s Office.

She has also worked for the Foreign Press Association where she organised a briefings series for foreign correspondents on the EU referendum and managed digital communications for the annual FPA Media Awards.

Rachel holds a BA (Hons) in Theology and Religious Studies from the University of Bristol and an MA with Distinction in International Studies and Diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).