Leader, Cheshire East Council
Rachel Bailey became the leader of Cheshire East Council on February 25, 2016 having previously served as a Cabinet member for children and families and chair for the Local Plan task force.
She started her professional career as a medical secretary in the 1970s at the Mid-Cheshire Hospitals Trust, before working in the private sector for 5 years as an office manager for a major high street store.
Rachel’s political career began in 1998 when she was elected to represent Audlem ward as a Conservative councillor for Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council.
In 2005 when the Conservatives became the leading party, Rachel was appointed as the Cabinet member responsible for Development Management and Spatial Planning.
When the structure of local governments in Cheshire was re-organised in 2008, Rachel became Conservative group secretary and was then appointed as portfolio holder for communities and regulatory services.
During Michael Jones’ leadership, Rachel was appointed as the portfolio holder for children and families in December 2012. This was shortly before an Ofsted visit said Cheshire East Council’s Safeguarding Services were ‘inadequate’.
Under Rachel’s direction, the service progressed to an assessment of ‘requires improvement’ to ‘good’- an experience that left a strong impression that timely interventions can have a very positive impact on young people’s lives.
Rachel is Chair of Cheshire Young Farmers’ Clubs Trustees and serves on both the Audlem Education Foundation and Burleydam Trustees. She is also a Governor at Reaseheath College in Nantwich and Sound Primary School.
Outside of public life, Rachel has two children. Her daughter is a solicitor while her son works on the family farm in Audlem with Rachel and her husband.