Rachel Short

Director, Why Women Work & Former Director, YSC


Rachel is a Director at YSC, based in London. She supports a range of FTSE 250 clients to build individual and organisational capability. Rachel’s areas of interest include diversity and individual, team and organisational effectiveness. Her coaching assignments frequently involve helping senior women to progress to enterprise leadership roles. In addition to her client responsibilities, she has managed the YSC Online business, and has been leading the development of YSC’s point of view on female leaders and gender diversity.
Describing herself as a ‘late bloomer’, Rachel has recently attracted
wider public attention. Her home was featured in Period Living, then
she appeared on Woman’s Hour to talk about the psychology of game- changers, and most recently she has covered the launch and publication of research into why women succeed at work – commissioned by the 30% Club. Her straightforward, plain-speaking style seems to work well for a range of audiences.
Before joining YSC, she worked in Communications in BP and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. She had a number of HR roles in NatWest Group, Coutts and Metro Inspection Services. Her increasing interest in how organisations bring the best out in people led to her retraining as an organisational psychologist. Prior to joining YSC in late 2005, Rachel completed an MSc in Organisational Psychology at City University, gaining a national award from the British Psychological Society for her research into age diversity.
Rachel studied Classics, married and had two children at Oxford. When not working, she is often travelling to far flung places to visit her husband who works in overseas development and has just set up a micro-finance organisation that supports female entrepreneurs in Zimbabwe.