Rachel Walker

Senior Celebrity & VIP Manager , Marie Curie

Working within charity has been a second career for Rachel, who first spent 16 years working in the music industry before moving over to not-for-profit. “I had very transferable skills” she explains. “Getting a film star to a Breakfast TV interview on time is not dissimilar to getting a rock band on stage - just with less guitars.” Since moving over to the charity sector, Rachel has enjoyed great success. First by running the annual Silver Clef Awards, a star-studded charity lunch for the music industry. And now at Marie Curie, the UK’s leading end of life charity, where she amplifies their work through celebrity engagement. “Marie Curie is an historic charity and a hugely-loved organisation - it’s an honour to work for them. Our celebrity supporters really appreciate how vital the work is as well. I love coming up with new and innovative ways in which they can support us – whether that’s promoting our campaigning work or helping to raise funds. The pandemic has been a huge challenge, but with tenacity I managed to increase our celebrity fundraising by a huge 900%. We were also proud to win the Third Sector Awards Celebrity Charity Champion Award 2021 for Alison Steadman and her support of Marie Curie”. In addition to the regular day job, Rachel is also Co-Producer of the celebrity-filled podcast On the Marie Couch, which was nominated for a British Podcast Award as well as being a Sunday Times Podcast of the Week.

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