Rachel King is currently working for an international Multiple Sclerosis charity as International Evidence Manager. The role involves leading the Atlas of MS project - a compendium of data about the epidemiology and clinical management of MS. The project provides vital evidence that can be used in advocacy to improve the lives of people with MS around the world. Prior to this she ran her own market research consultancy supporting not-for-profit organisations and large blue chip commercial companies to understand their users, employees/volunteers as well as other stakeholders better. She worked in partnership with her clients to help inform tactical and strategic decisions using both quantitative and qualitative techniques. She has a curious mind and enjoys listening to people, learning new things and presenting data in an engaging and accessible way.
Rachel understands the demands of being a volunteer having volunteered for the Samaritans for over 10 years and for Childline for 2 years. She currently sits on The College of Radiographers patient advisory group which ensures that the strategy of the Society and College of Radiographers is guided by patient voices and perspectives.
Rachel was diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome-hypermobility type in 2005 when she was training for the London marathon to raise vital funds for the Samaritans. Having a diagnosis was a relief after many years of injuries and joint issues. The HMSA was a vital source of information and enabled her to communicate more effectively with healthcare professionals who were unaware of the condition. She is passionate that every bendy person should have access to an early diagnosis as well as good quality information and advice to help them live their best lives.