Rachel was brought up on the Devon/Somerset border and was educated at local schools before winning a scholarship to The Cheltenham Ladies' College where she joined The Liberal Party aged 17. She read Law at SOAS, London University and then English Literature at King's College, London.
After a stint as an English Lecturer at SCAT in Taunton, Rachel began her career in corporate communications and public affairs. Having worked for national and international NGOs, she was appointed Director of Communications at the NFU, becoming the first woman to join their board in 100 years. She went on to be Head of Strategy at the Environment Agency.
She currently works as Director of Communications for Pangea 21, a group of health tech start- ups.
Rachel has been a Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate three times, most recently for Taunton Deane in 2015. She was the Liberal Democrat Mid Devon District Councillor for Canonsleigh Ward from 1995 until 1996.
Rachel lives in Bampton with her husband, Patrick, a corporate lawyer. They have three sons and a daughter. They share their home and garden with two dogs, three cats and twenty two rescue chickens!
Rachel cares passionately about the future of Devon farming. Her experience at the NFU means she is an articulate and well informed advocate for farmers and rural communities.
As a mother of four, Rachel wants to leave the planet in the best possible condition for future generations. She believes that the environment should be at the heart of all decisions we make for those who come after us.
Rachel Gilmour is a community champion and campaigner in Bampton and the surrounding areas, and an advisor on our farming and rural communities.