Having grown up and worked on her parents’ small, tenanted dairy farm in Somerset, Rachel trained to be a farm secretary at Bicton College, Devon. After 2 years working for an agricultural accountant in Devon she embarked on a career as a self-employed mobile farm secretary in the Blackmore Vale and surrounding area. During those years she also attended a number of work related part time training courses, including Kingston Maurward Farm Business Management with Distinction. Apart from routine accounts, VAT, wages, EU grants and on farm records, Rachel became particularly involved in the 1990’s with milk quota tribunals and IACS mapping, and represented IAgSA during IACS discussion meetings at Whitehall for 4 years.
A change of direction saw Rachel attend Newcastle University, graduating in 2003 with a BSc (Hons) in Food Science and Nutrition. Working in the food industry, first cheese then the pet food factory at Castle Cary, roles involved managing Compliance, Quality and Food Safety including HACCP, laboratory testing and training, compiling customer product specifications, and compliance audits across Europe & beyond.
Missing the unique nature of farming & rural enterprise, Rachel returned to farm business admin work in 2016 providing on farm accounts using a range of software packages, VAT and payroll support for clients, also carrying out compliance audits for Red Tractor.
Since joining Midwest Consulting Ltd in March 2017, Rachel provides support for the FCG client base in regular farm secretarial work and ad hoc accounts advice, forecasting and budgeting, completing Basic Farm Payments and other grant applications, including LEADER.