Rachel Scandling, Strategy and Optimisation Lead, left a career in the Royal Navy to join Barclays two years ago. She tells us about volunteering as a mentor to girls from disadvantaged backgrounds – and why she’s passionate about helping people achieve “incredible transformations”.
I joined Barclays two years ago, after a career in the Royal Navy, and I now work as a Strategy and Optimisation Lead for the bank. My role is to make all processes across the business more organised and efficient.
When working as part of the Royal Navy, I became acutely aware of the gender imbalance, at a senior level, in the armed forces. A colleague and I decided we wanted to make a difference, so we founded the Women’s Network, an organisation dedicated to both inspiring and empowering female employees within the military. We ran a lot of different workshops, which equipped women with the skills to take control of their careers.