AECOM appoints Rachel Billington as Head of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion lead for Europe to lead strategy with a focus on developing inclusive people practices and leadership and collaborate with clients to drive change in the industry


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AECOM appoints Equity, Diversity & Inclusion lead, Rachel Billington

AECOM appoints Equity, Diversity & Inclusion lead, Rachel Billington

 June 10, 2021

AECOM is the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm. Their commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion enables them to better anticipate their clients’ needs, understand the challenges facing the communities they serve, drive innovation that propels ther industry forward and realize their purpose of delivering a better world.

Relevant to this is the appointment of Rachel Billington as AECOM's Head of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (ED&I) in Europe. In this role, Rachel will be responsible for leading AECOM’s ED&I strategy across the region, with a focus on developing inclusive people practices and leadership and collaborating with clients to drive change in the industry.  

Rachel joins AECOM from the Metropolitan Police Service, where she was HR Diversity and Inclusion Lead. A diversity and inclusion specialist, senior leader, coach and mentor, Rachel has more than 20 years of experience in the public and private sectors, including financial services and policing.  

At the Metropolitan Police Rachel delivered a number of successful ED&I initiatives, including the organisation’s first-of-its-kind Women Returners Programme and Met Baby, a bespoke parenting support service. She introduced disability and carer’s passports and a workplace adjustments process redesign to improve support for disability in the workplace. She was also Programme Manager of the Retention workstream for the Mayor of London’s Race Action Plan where she worked with senior leaders to implement Race Commitments and created local employee resource groups. Shortlisted as HR Champion at the 2019 European Diversity Awards, Rachel is a specialist in her field as well as an experienced senior leader, coach and mentor in both operations and HR for the private and public sectors. A chartered CIPD member and MBTI practitioner, Rachel is a ILM7 advanced executive coach and mentor who specialises in mentoring under-represented groups including maternity and career returnees.

AECOM has a strong commitment to ED&I

Colin Wood, Chief Executive - Europe, AECOM, said: “Rachel’s appointment reinforces our commitment to ED&I and she takes on an important new role that will help to shape our inclusive culture to attract, grow and retain a diverse network of professionals. She brings extensive experience in developing, leading and implementing innovative ED&I initiatives with tangible results, which will be a great asset as we continue to implement our ED&I strategy.”  

Bringing together a truly diverse network of talent

Commenting on her appointment, Rachel Billington added: “AECOM’s scale and reach across multiple geographies and markets in Europe brings together a truly diverse network of talent. I look forward to working with everyone across AECOM Europe to push forward its ED&I journey, developing and leading exciting initiatives that will enable everyone to have the opportunity to thrive.”   

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