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Rachel Carrell

CEO of Koru Kids (

Rachel is the founder and CEO of Koru Kids, a fast-growing tech startup helping parents in London share their nannies. Before starting Koru Kids, Rachel was CEO of, the world's largest online doctor service, which she grew to 1.3m patients in 3 countries.
She has also been the Managing Director of a chain of IVF clinics, and worked at McKinsey for five years. She is originally from the deep south of New Zealand and came to England as a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford, where she completed a doctorate in development. In 2014 she was elected one of the World Economic Forum's 'Young Global Leaders'.

What The Election Result Means For The Business Sector

The 2017 election was a shambles. It's hard to believe Theresa May squandered a 20+ point advantage in such a short time, that her manifesto was so ill-thought out, and that her incompetence managed to make Corbyn look statesmanlike. Meanwhile May looked so unprepared that it's easy to forget that it was she who called the snap election, not her opponent.
13/06/2017 12:58 BST

We Need Innovation In Childcare in London

Where I live, in a fairly ordinary part of North London, a full-time childminder or nursery place can cost over £20,000. For one child. If you have two children, you're looking at nearly twice that. Childminders charge per child, as do nurseries.
28/03/2016 16:52 BST

NHS 111 Telephone Service Must Be Strengthened, Not Attacked

If the NHS is going to survive for the next generation, it simply must evolve new models of provision. NHS 111 is moving in exactly the right direction. In fact, it should be going further. It is just a shame it was sent off prematurely, an unfinished car with a new driver on a half-built road.
08/05/2013 10:00 BST

It's Time to Allow Home Testing Kits for HIV in the UK

I'd say learning you're HIV positive is roughly the same level of 'life changing' as learning you're pregnant... We should make home tests available in the UK. We should encourage high-risk people to use them often.
25/11/2012 21:41 GMT

Unleash the Data! Why Patients Need the NHS to Set Their Data Free

The potential in health is absolutely enormous. With free-flowing and reliable data we could better understand the causes of illness, identify the best ways to treat, and eliminate many of the irritating inefficiencies that today seem to just be part of being ill.
28/10/2012 18:15 GMT

Why Healthcare Needs a Retail Revolution

I can't email my GP. I can't see my personal health records online. I can't order a postal STI test from my local NHS. I can't Skype my obstetrician to get my test results. It's as if Britain's retail revolution passed our healthcare system by completely.
16/10/2012 17:47 BST