Rachael Loftus

What I do

Rachael Loftus is currently the Chief Service Officer for Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council, leading the implementation of the Cities of Service programme.


Rachael previously worked for Leeds City Council where she led the city’s partnership work on good community relations and migration, as well as developing innovative ideas for working with communities, including Poverty Truth Leeds. Before that she worked in the voluntary sector at Involve Yorkshire and Humber Leeds Accommodation Forum as well as working internationally for the Football Supporters’ Federation.

Rachael is Vice Chair of Leeds Irish Health and Homes, on the Board of Management of Dosti – Asian Womens’ Support Service and a founder member of the Leeds City of Sanctuary movement. She is also a company director of Melting Pot social enterprise – teaching marketable catering skills to people with mental health problems.

In 2011 Rachael was awarded an international Winston Churchill Fellowship for the US and South Africa to look at the question: Are Harmonious Cities Possible?

In her spare time, Rachael’s interests are football, photography and fiction.

On Twitter

We recently brought together the 7 UK Cities of Service for a learning event in Bristol, considering how we can spread the movement and get more people involved in our Cities of Service programmes. Rachael Loftus, Chief Service Officer in Kirklees [I’m in Kirklees], shared with us her musings on how we could turbo-charge volunteering just by giving an hour a year…
Rachael Loftus
Thursday, 29 January 2015