Rachel Farley
First Time Chief People Officer: Advice from Current to Future Chief People Officers


Rachel Farley is a principal in Heidrick & Struggles’ London office and a member of the European Human Resources Officers Practice. She works at the intersection of digital and HR, specializing in future-focused global HR leaders driving organizational transformation as the workforce shifts due to digital and technological disruption.


Rachel focuses on senior-level human resources searches across industries including chief human resources officers and their direct reports, heads of talent management, heads of organizational development, chief learning officers, heads of rewards, heads of recruiting, and people analytics directors.

Rachel is also an executive coach in Heidrick Consulting’s Coaching Practice. She is accredited by the EMCC (European Mentoring & Coaching Council) and is qualified to deliver Heidrick & Struggles’ Leadership Acceleration Assessment model.

Rachel has lived and worked in London, Singapore, Tokyo, and New York. Her career began in digital marketing in London during the dot.com boom, moving to Asia and subsequently to New York to recruit digital talent. Now based in London, Rachel works with clients all over the world who are building future-focused HR leadership teams.

Rachel is the co-lead of Heidrick & Struggles’ Women’s Inclusion Network in Europe & Africa.


University of Manchester, BA in History of Art and Architecture

Meyler Campbell, Qualification in Executive Leadership and Business Coaching