Rachel Huxley, Head of Mitigation

Rachel joined Wellcome in August 2023 to lead the research programme to support science and evidence generation of the health co-benefits of mitigation in order to drive low-carbon, health-positive policy and action.

Rachel is Head of Mitigation for the Climate and Health team at Wellcome. Prior to Wellcome, Rachel was Director of Knowledge and Research at C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. During her time at C40 she developed and led a priority programme of research on the multiple benefits of urban climate action, launched C40’s flagship Knowledge Hub, and led research for C40’s Centre for City Climate Policy and Economy and was Deputy Editor-in-Chief for the centre’s associated Journal.

Before C40, Rachel was Chief Executive of Peterborough Environment City Trust, leading the Trust’s work on sustainable behaviour change and engagement project delivery, as well as working strategically with city partners to develop a sustainable city plan. As part of her work on sustainable cities, Rachel established and led the Sustainable Cities Network, an informal network of leading UK cities to enable the sharing of best practices and challenges. Rachel has a PhD from the University of Leeds on the processes and practices of sustainable transition and decision-making in cities.