Rachel Barnes


Innovation Lead, Herbert Smith Freehills

Rachel is the Innovation Lead for HSF, UK, US and EMEA.  She is responsible for driving the innovation agenda for the firm, focussing on clients, products & services, data and tech.  Rachel’s passion is for culture change, creating a creative mindset and environment, in which ideas can blossom.

Rachel has spent time exploring the broader innovation and start-up space, spending time consulting for Janders Dean, Innovation Beehive, a variety of start-ups and also managing an HRTech focussed start-up incubator.  Prior to that, she had a varied and fruitful 11 years at BNP Paribas running consecutively, the Innovation, Transformation, Client Relationship Management teams in Global Markets.

She is passionate about all things people, diversity, lifelong learning and technology.  Rachel is an evangelist (she loves writing and speaking) and facilitator to educate and drive change.