Tracy has been involved in the voluntary sector for nearly 20 years with strategic and operational roles across fundraising, communications, and marketing for child and adult healthcare charities. From 2015 Tracy has worked for the holistic cancer support charity Penny Brohn UK, first in fundraising as Deputy Director of Funding and Marketing responsible for individual giving and more recently as Interim Director of Brand and Marketing.
Tracy graduated from the University of Leicester with a degree Psychology. She spent the first part of her working life in the City of London in the late 1980s working in the corporate and financial sectors before moving into education. Tracy has experience of working in both the state and private education sector. In the early 2000’s Tracy took on a more pastoral role helping to run a busy boys’ boarding house at Clifton College in Bristol.
At the same time, Tracy began working as fundraising officer for the Association of Children’s Hospices (later to become Together for Short Lives). Tracy continued to work in children’s palliative care for over ten years leading several income generation streams including individual giving, trusts and foundations, high net worth donors and events.
Tracy is also experienced in grant making at both strategic and operational level having managed the Music Awards at the children’s music charity, the Amber Trust for three years followed by two years as a Trustee.
Tracy became a Trustee in July 2019.
On becoming a Trustee for Together for Short Lives Tracy said:
I remember exactly where I was when my sister called to tell me that Jack, my nephew, had been diagnosed with a brain tumour. I could hardly hear her through her sobs and I couldn’t really process what she was telling me but somewhere deep inside I felt my heart break for her, for Jack, for our family.
Jack died at home, in his own bed, surrounded by his family and we will be forever grateful for that. I know this is not the experience for everyone. It is vital that Together for Short Lives continues to campaign for the best quality of life and end of life care for every child and their family – I would like to do my bit in helping to make this possible. I’m very honoured to be invited to join the Trustees of Together for Short Lives and to be able to make a difference to a cause that is very personal to me.