Meet Rachel Collinson!

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Tell us what you do.

I help nonprofits find new champions, and raise more money or get more petition signatures/volunteer hours from existing ones. This includes clients like Greenpeace, Mind, Citizens Advice, the University of Westminster, Oxfam, Prostate Cancer UK and many others. I do this through training, coaching and consultancy. My main experience is in digital but this now almost always broadens out into other channels.


How has being part of a coworking space made a change to your productivity?

I get twice as much done when I’m here. I’m a people person and even if I’m just sitting next to somebody who’s deep in the zone, headphones on, somehow that gives me energy and happiness. But the conversations you have always end up being important, too – cross-pollination is necessary for diversity. Creativity is the spark that lights my work – without those fresh ideas from different places, I am done for. And then there’s Finn, of course. Getting excited doggy licks and tail wags always make any day instantly better.
What Is your go-to productivity trick?

My bullet journal. After years of being digital, there’s something so refreshing about actually putting pen to paper. Or washi tape to paper. Or stickers to paper, or… you’d better stop me before it becomes apparent how much of a stationery junkie I really am.


What Is the coolest thing you are working on right now (If you can tell us)?

During July and August, I’m taking three nonprofits on a journey to find their next generation of super-supporters. I can’t wait but I’m also a wee bit nervous because this is unexplored territory for all of us.


What Is one work-related accomplishment that you are super proud of?

Recently, it’s getting big banks to agree to pay back hundreds of millions of pounds they ripped off from local councils. That’s the sort of stuff I live for.


What Is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

Oh, geez… there are so many… the first one that comes to mind, but not necessarily the best, is that as a female consultant you are almost always charging less than your customer is willing to pay. So charge more.


What are your favourite Waltham Forest hot spots?

I’m a newcomer to Waltham Forest, so I haven’t explored enough yet to have a favourite. So far, I have to say that The Coach and Horses is a standout place to eat and drink. And be merry.


Where will you be This Time Next Year?

I might have accidentally got myself elected to the European Parliament (vote Green, people!) but if I don’t then I hope I’ll be at a conference making a speech to a lot of trade union folks about what their future looks like. Because – as with most nonprofits – it’s going to be very different from how it looks now.

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