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Voices from the Field: Rachel Simmonds

Rachel Simmonds

Strategic Manager, Conwy Youth Service

Rachel Simmonds joined Conwy County Borough Council in 2007, following a range of previous roles within community settings. In 2007, Rachel joined Conwy as a Professional Youth Worker and since this time her roles within the organisation has developed continuously, and she is currently Strategic Manager of Conwy Youth Service and Outdoor Education.

Rachel feels Youth Work is at the heart of the community, providing positive caring and welcoming spaces for young people to connect, share and learn. Rachel has always had a passion and interest in improving Young people’s mental health, including providing outdoor experiences and opportunities to push boundaries, overcome challenges and have fun. Rachel feels the above outlook has supported her within her personal and professional career, never being scared to try something new!

Outside of work, Rachel is a keen walker and enjoys discovering new places. Rachel is married with two children and enjoys spending time with them exploring, learning and having fun. She is also a governor at a local primary school.

Part of the National Academy for Educational Leadership Wales’ Leading from the Middle: Middle Leaders in Wales conference 30 March 2023.