Rachel Cowper

Programme Manager – Thrive Outdoors

Inspiring Scotland


Rachel has been at the forefront of putting innovative plans into effective action at Inspiring Scotland since 2009.

Rachel leads on the design and implementation of our outdoor learning and play fund Thrive Outdoors, promoting outdoor learning and increasing play opportunities for children throughout Scotland. Her experience in the play sector has made her a leading voice in helping to change and shape attitudes towards outdoor learning and play at a national policy level and on the ground. Her work has led to international recognition and cooperation with similar programmes and leading academics in the field of physically activity and outdoor play.

Since joining Inspiring Scotland, she has worked across several funds and brings 20 years’ experience in business management and economic development to helping tackle deep social issues. Rachel is a long-standing volunteer in the charity sector and currently sits on the board of an outdoor activity charity.

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