Rachel Smith

Rachel joined Waverley Care in September 2017 as our Head
of Income Generation. We caught up with her to find out
about the role, about comparisons with Bridget Jones
and about dressing as a pantomime horse…

What attracted you to Waverley Care?
Within the charity sector, Waverley Care has a fantastic reputation so I was delighted to have the opportunity to join the team. I’m also passionate about supporting and standing up for people who are often marginalised and isolated from society so joining Waverley Care was an absolute no-brainer
for me.

What exactly is a ‘Head of Income Generation’?
Basically, I’m in charge of ensuring enough money is coming into the charity through various sources, including funding from Government and the NHS, from charitable trusts and through fundraising events and individual giving. I’m also responsible for sourcing new funding opportunities and managing our fabulous fundraising team.

What was your first ever fundraising experience?
Back in 1992 my best friend and I decided to enter a fun run round Arthur’s Seat, in aid of Waverley Care! Oh, and we did it dressed in a homemade pantomime horse costume.

Away from work, what do you like to do in your spare time?
I find baking very therapeutic – although no matter what time I start it always seems to be after midnight by the time I’m finished. Continuing the food theme – I also enjoy inviting
friends over for dinner parties.

Where’s your favourite holiday destination?
I love Orlando in sunny Florida and especially enjoy visiting Universal Studios.

What’s your favourite meal?
After going to Japan recently my new favourite meal is sushi,
followed by a big bowl of ramen.

What is your favourite film?
My all time favourite is The Money Pit (obscure 80’s film featuring Tom Hanks and Shelley Long).

Who would play you in the movie of your life?
The Bridget Jones version of Renee Zellweger – clumsy and
enjoys a glass of wine!

What’s your favourite book?
My absolute fave book is The Crow Road by Scottish author Iain Banks. I also loved the 1996 TV adaptation with Joe McFadden, Peter Capaldi and Dougray Scott.

Who inspires you?
As cheesy as this sounds, the more I hear about the amazing
work carried out by my colleagues the more inspired and motivated I become. I feel so privileged to be part of the team at Waverley Care.