Plymouth City Council
Tracey took up the post as Chief Executive for Plymouth City Council in October 2012. During her term, the City has experienced a significant transformation. It has achieved greater recognition nationally in the world of arts and culture, including with the opening of ‘The Box’, and internationally as the lead for the Mayflower 400 programme and lead for the UK Cities of Service.
Tracey’s role is key to shaping the organisation to support economic growth that is inclusive; empowers local communities and ensuring no-one is left behind. With a population of over 263,000, Plymouth is the UK’s 15th largest city, and has an ambitious growth agenda. Plymouth has a long established maritime tradition, hosting the largest naval base in Western Europe, and with industry strengths in advanced engineering, marine technology and defence-related nuclear, and growing expertise in the health and life sciences, digital and creative sectors.
Tracey leads work at a regional level and is the lead Chief Executive for the Heart of the South West Joint Committee, a partnership of eighteen Councils and National Parks, the Local Enterprise Partnership and the two Clinical Commissioning Groups across Devon and Somerset.
Tracey is passionate about educational outcomes and driving up standards. She was instrumental in the establishment of the Plymouth Education Board and has been the Chair since its formation in February 2018. The purpose of the Plymouth Education Board is to improve educational outcomes in all schools by bringing together every part of the school improvement system. Tracey is the current Chair of the ALACE trade union, which represents chief executives and senior managers.
Tracey started her career as a biology teacher in Surrey before moving into local government in 1990. She first worked in a variety of roles in local government including London, Ipswich and Wales.