Rachel Hannan, Chair of and Angel Investor in Real World Group.
One of Yorkshire’s most prolific entrepreneurs and investors, Rachel Hannan, has invested an undisclosed six figure sum in Real World Group, the leadership company, headquartered in Leeds.
The Group is run by CEO, Juliette Alban-Metcalfe, a chartered occupational psychologist and adjunct associate professor at the Centre for Sustainable Business and Enterprise, University of Southern Queensland.
The company, founded in 2001, was an offshoot of the University of Leeds and worked with a wide range of organisations such as the NHS, Costain, Shell, TATA and Plexus Inc at Executive level.
They provide these companies with leadership, team and board development tools in order to maximise performance, engagement and wellbeing.
The angel investment sees Rachel take over as chair of the company in order to support its strategic growth and executive selection.
Rachel previously co-founded GatenbySanderson, the market leading public sector executive search firm, and successfully exited after the company achieved a turnover of nearly £24m in just 7 years.
Since then she has become one of the region’s most active Angel Investors with investments in the education, medical, technology, food, human capital and recruitment sectors.
Rachel said: “I was impressed with the quality, passion and commitment of the founders. Real World Group is a business which enables me to enhance its value through combining our complementary expertise and experience.
“Their research is second to none and its evidence based tools have been proven to help businesses and organisations to maximise performance and profit.
“I’ve been waiting many years to find a business that combines all the areas of work that interest me – not just improving organisational performance, but in the process helping their people realise their potential”.
Juliette Alban-Metcalfe, Chief Executive at Real World Group, added: “We have been known for the excellent results we enable our clients to achieve, our customer service and our research-based tools for many years.
“However, it’s time to scale up and take it to the next level. We are very excited to have Rachel on board and believe her expertise and passion for what we do will be the key to unlocking our next ambitious growth phase.”