Rachel says she’s overwhelmed with the announcement:
“This is an absolutely fantastic achievement for me and testament to all the hard work and dedication I’ve put in to making the company what it is today. Being able to inspire and motivate young people to achieve is a wonderful feeling and knowing that we’re making such a difference to the future talent of this country makes it all worthwhile.”
Rachel is a trained Broadcast Journalist with a decade of experience working in the media industry. She has worked for ITV Granada and UTV Radio, working her way up to being a Senior Broadcast Journalist, before leaving to start Industry Insiders. She always wanted to start her own business and it was the constant motivational work she was doing with the young people on work experience at the radio station that spurred her into starting the company. Rachel volunteered in schools and found there was a real need for people from the world of work to come into classrooms and inspire and get youngsters thinking about different career options they could pursue. The idea of expanding people’s minds and horizons and motivating them to do more with their lives really excited her and Industry Insiders was born.
Rachel is no stranger to success. Whilst at University, she was the first person ever at Newcastle to be News Editor of both the Radio Station and Newspaper, had one of her stories on front page of the North East newspaper The Sunday Sun under her by-line and was shortlisted for NUS Journalist of the Year 2006. She then excelled on the PGDip Broadcast Journalism course at the University of Central Lancashire and while there she was crowned Lancashire’s News Idol. During her career she’s been Highly Commended in the Broadcaster of the Year Category at the 02 Media Awards and was also nominated for UTV Broadcast Journalist of the Year 2008.
Graham Van’t Hoff, Chairman of Shell UK, said: “Our Hot 40 2011 represents the very best of entrepreneurial talent in the UK. I wish all of our Hot 40 the best of luck with their businesses in the future.”