Rachel has an undergraduate degree from St Andrews and post-graduate degree from Newcastle University. She is a key member of the heritage team working on a wide range of reports, from heritage statements to standing building recording. She has an excellent understanding of the challenges of working with listed buildings and within conservation areas. She regularly collates and interrogates data for assessment and evaluation of heritage issues, desk-based assessments, and other research documents, and produces illustrations using GIS. The projects she has worked on to date range from providing heritage advice for a single storey extension to a large-scale Heritage Impact Assessment of 44 sites in support of a district council Local Development Plan.
Rachel has a wide variety of experience in the heritage sector researching a variety of time periods and geographical areas, including Prohibition-era Seattle, Palaeolithic Oklahoma, Medieval Britain, and Byzantine North Africa. Her masters research focused on the usefulness of declassified Cold War imagery in the preservation of endangered archaeology. As a volunteer with the St Andrews Preservation Trust, she helped reorganise, preserve, and record the university’s holdings.