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Rachael Williamson

Head of Policy and External Affairs - Chartered Institute of Housing

Rachael joined CIH as Head of Policy and External Affairs in November 2021. Before that she was working at Citizens Advice in roles spanning communications, fundraising and policy research.

Rachael has spent most of her career working in central government – with 10 years at the Department for Communities and Local Government (forerunner to Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities) where she led on housing policy. She’s also worked at the Cabinet Office and Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Rachael has a Modern European Studies degree from Nottingham University and is a board trustee for The Giving Machine charity. Alongside working for CIH she is studying for a Certificate in Professional Marketing with the Chartered Institute of Marketing.