During the 1990s she retrained in law by studying and passing The Law Society Solicitors Finals Exams, it was during this time that she was diagnosed with Gender Dysphoria. Instead of pursuing a career in legal practice, she joined The College of Law (later “transitioning” her gender expression from male to female) working in a variety of senior operational positions rising up to Production Director.
Rachel has recently become a Trustee for GiveOut, a charity whose aim is to support the global LGBT+ movement, funding activists and their organisations around the world to promote and protect the rights of LGBT+ people.
In 2015, Rachel created Global Butterflies, a consultancy specialising in trans* inclusivity within the workplace. She has spoken in front of audiences all over the UK and has worked with many large and small businesses in regard to their trans* initiatives.
"Talking honestly about my personal journey will help your business understand the issues that affect trans people"
"Being trans and not expressing it, is like The Wizard of Oz, you are the person behind the curtain pulling the levers on another person's life"
"21st Century LGB, 1995 Trans" -
Rachel Reese has extensive experience working within manufacturing and legal sectors, beginning her career in 1989 within the defence industry as an avionics software engineer then later moving into Human Resources.
In 2017, Rachel was nominated for the Coca-Cola – Hero Of The Year Award as part of the European Diversity Awards.