Dr Rachel Lilley is a practitioner academic with expertise in environmental and social change. Her research has included a world leading project on improving decision making and collaboration in government, building psychological capability in Senior Leaders through research and a training intervention using behavioural economics and attention practices such as mindfulness. She has over 20 years’ experience developing systemic approaches to environmental, social, individual, and organisational change.
Dr. Rachel Lilley is a Senior Fellow at the University of Birmingham working on systems leadership, with a specific interest in awareness practices and how they might support a more effective systems approach. Her research on decision making, mindfulness and behavioural insights, working with government and policy leaders in the Welsh and UK Government, was described as 'radical' by the Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford and she has had a significant voice in the movement towards more socially, systemically orientated awareness practices. Her work is based on over 20 years’ experience working on environmental, social, individual and organisational change in the NGO and Public Sector.
She continues to be a practitioner, working on a community programme building capacities for understanding and delivering behaviour change and working with complexity, Rachel has worked with distributed leadership across the public and private sector. She has also taught yoga and mindfulness for over 20 years and set up a community yoga project, making the practice more accessible to diverse audiences.