A native of Janesboro in Limerick, Tracey came from a large family of 6 boys and 2 girls. Her father was a truck driver and her mother a homemaker.
Educated in Colaiste Nano Nagle, Tracey completed her Leaving Certificate and immediately went into full-time work after securing a FAS supported scheme where she was based in Atlas Aluminium on the Dock Rd in Limerick.
Her experience at Atlas instilled in her a strong work ethic and laid the foundations for her future career path.
After giving birth to her first child she became focussed on developing a future for herself and her family. She enrolled in a number of night classes and also volunteer for some in-house training opportunities.
This ambition paid off and Tracey was offered a promotion to the quality department in the organisation. She was the first woman to ever hold a position on the management team in the company.
She worked with Atlas Aluminium for 12 years before moving on to Aerobord in Askeaton, part of the CRH group, where she secured the role as Quality Manager. Her potential was recognised at the organisation and it wasn’t long until she was promoted to take on the role of Quality Assurance Manager for CRH insulation plants in Ireland.
This role also included the responsibility for auditing the CRH plant in both Ireland and the Unitied Kingdom. As part of her role she oversaw the changeover to ISO 9001 and also involved steering the organisation through new product introductions, EN standard and Agreement certification of new systems for building products.
During this time Tracey continued her professional development, undertaking training programmes for Statistics, Leadership principles (at Queens University Belfast) and other training diplomas.
After working at CRH she then moved into a consultancy role before securing a role as Enterprise Manager at Southill House (which eventually became Tait House Community Enterprise).
Her role at Tait House came at a time when the organisation was on a difficult financial footing. The country was entering a recession. Tracey spent a number of years educating herself in the world of social enterprise and focussing on the energy enterprise aspect of the company.
In 2010 the organisation found itself in a much stronger financial position, generating new job creation and an annual surplus. It was around this time that Tracey was appointed to the role of CEO of the organisation.
Tracey is passionate about sharing her experience and learnings to help up-and-coming social enterpreneurs and others to realise their own ambition.