Rachael leads Halpin’s client-facing delivery and services from project kick-off through to completion and beyond, ensuring all work is carried out to the highest standards.
An established professional with demonstrated results in the higher education sector, she has perspective of all sides of client delivery, previously being both a project manager and consultant.
She has experience in creating, developing and nurturing teams and is an excellent relationship builder. She has project managed a variety of projects including recruitment, feasibility studies, engagement and benchmarking surveys, building relationships with higher education leaders, governors and trustees.
Rachael works closely with clients to ensure work is carried out ethically, efficiently and in line with institution values. She understands the importance of meeting agreed targets and the value of delivering on time and within budget for her clients, which have included the University of Cambridge, the University of Kent and the University for the Creative Arts.
Most recently Rachael was Director of Development and Alumni Relations at Exeter School, creating their first development strategy, establishing KPIs across fundraising and alumni relations, and launching their first fundraising campaign. Before that, as Interim Director of Development for the Royal United Services Institute, she laid the groundwork for a million-pound fundraising campaign, working on the Case for Support and key messaging as well as establishing a Campaign Advisory Board.
An experienced trainer and mentor, Rachael coached the permanent Director of Development at RUSI and has been a CASE Graduate Mentor for Cardiff University. She has led training sessions for clients including the Institute for Development Professionals in Education (IDPE) and has previously been a part of their conference committee as well as holding an Advisor role at PyroTalks CIC.