Rachel Billington is Head of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, Europe at AECOM. In her new role Billington is responsible for leading Aecom’s ED&I strategy across the region, with a focus on developing inclusive people practices and leadership, as well as collaborating with clients to drive change in the industry. Billington joined Aecom in June this year from the Metropolitan Police Service, where she was head of HR diversity and inclusion, bringing more than 20 years of experience in the public and private sectors to her new post. In her former role, Billington delivered a number of successful ED&I initiatives, including the organisation’s first Women Returners Programme and Met Baby, a bespoke parenting support service. More recently, she was programme manager of the retention workstream for the Mayor of London’s Race Action Plan where she worked with senior leaders to implement the Race Commitments programme, as well as creating local employee resource groups. Billington is also a chartered CIPD member, MBTI practitioner and is qualified as an advanced executive coach and mentor specialising in mentoring underrepresented groups, including maternity and career returnees.