Rachel Allen

Rachel AllenBackground

I started my working life as a chemistry teacher having graduated with a degree in biochemistry; recognising an inherent love of helping people to learn and develop, I then proceeded to obtain a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management.  As a CIPD qualified HR professional, I took my first job as an HR Generalist in a medium sized chartered accountancy business, dealing with a wide range of HR issues such as recruitment, employee well-being, and learning and development.  I was then offered a role as an HR consultant for a large professional services organisation.  Initially working within both the generalist areas and also L&D, I soon evolved the role and began working within the area of L&D exclusively.  During this time I was involved in a large scale recruitment project as well as providing coaching to senior managers.  I later elected to move into freelance work as an HR consultant, working with a range of blue chip companies, helping them to find solutions to enable their company and people perform more efficiently.  I then received an offer from a natural foods company and began working at their L&D manager.  I was responsible for running the L&D department and helping to design, develop and implement the most effective training strategies to help the business and its employees thrive. 

Current role

I currently work as the Head of Management and Leadership Capability at TLD and as the head of a department I am responsible for setting and developing the overall training strategy for the Management and Leadership team. This includes managing and maintaining the current prospectus of courses, as well as working with the L&D consultants and management teams to develop and implement new courses and learning strategies. However one of my passions remains working alongside individuals and companies to find new ways to develop their talent and skillset. As such, another major aspect of my role is devising new and original bespoke training packages for specific businesses, ensuring that the training their employees undertake is aligned with the visions and end goals of their company. By working closely with each business to fully understand their visions and goals, and working internally to ensure that TLD has the capacity and ability to deliver the desired training, I ensure that no matter the training being delivered, it is always of maximum benefit to those undertaking it.

What I love about working at TLD

“I love the exciting, fast-paced environment, and having the opportunity to make a real difference.  I also like the fact that the business is always changing and evolving, and I enjoy being a part of that.”

Interests

With a husband and two teenage children, much of my time is spent with them and supporting them to achieve their goals, but I also enjoy other pursuits such as walking in the local countryside and seeing new places, and I try to go sailing as often as I can.