Rae lead Chief Villiers Park Educational Trust, as CEO for nearly four years. She took an evidence led approach to transforming it’s programmes, built a values led organisational culture, and established a structure focused on delivering results. This placed Villiers Park as a leading organisation in the widening participation space.
Rae's previous career spans two decades in the Civil Service leading work on higher education and equality. As Head of Strategy and Change at the Office for Fair Access she advised successive Cabinet Ministers on developing evidence led policy aimed at improving outcomes for disadvantaged and underrepresented students.
Rae is a Governor of the University of Winchester, and a Trustee of the University of Bristol Student’s Union.
Rae grew up with disadvantage and has hidden disabilities. Rae lives in Bristol where she is a lone parent to two children they share their home with two adored cats and a gorgeous dog.