Rachel Gardner-Poole

Chief Operating Officer

Rachel Gardner-Poole joined Connected Places Catapult on 1st December as Chief Operating Officer.

Rachel joins us from the UK Space Agency where she was on a secondment from the Civil Aviation Authority. As Director of Organisation Design and Development, she led work to transform the Agency’s core responsibilities and ways of working, through a series of major change programmes.

Rachel brings a wealth of experience delivering complex programmes and improving operational effectiveness through people, process and technology. She has a strong background in the aviation, science and technology sectors and in 2020 was awarded the AeroTime Aviation Achievement Award in recognition for her commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion.

Outside of work, Rachel is involved in several church activities and charities, including a charity she co-founded to deliver projects to help people in South Sudan.