Born in 1966, Tracey lives with her husband and four sons in South London.
Tracey graduated from Manchester University with a 2.1 in law. However, prior to beginning her professional career as a Lawyer, Tracey had a miscellany of jobs and experienced working as a recruitment consultant, Pizza Hut waitress, volunteer for Centrepoint homeless charity, Crown Prosecution Service Officer and Thomson rep on the Costa Dorada! Her early work life gave her varied experiences, insights and friendships but she eventually decided it was probably best to pursue a career in “the law” and took her Law Society Finals in York. She then worked for nearly three decades as a lawyer. For the first 12 years she worked for a nationwide trade union law firm where she became a Partner, and then as a Senior Litigation Assistant at a renowned City law firm.
Over the years as a litigation lawyer, she worked tirelessly on behalf of clients and proved highly successful at negotiating and winning for her team within high conflict and intense environments. However, she always felt that there must be another way and became increasingly interested in mediation. Her motivation was people and she wanted to use her proven negotiating skills to do more for the greater good. She decided to follow her vocation.
Tracey retrained as a Mediator at the Divorce and Separation Centre in Redhill. She now works at the Centre part time and has her own business as Given Mediation. The logo of “Squaring the Circle”, (ie of bringing together two things which are normally thought to be so different that they cannot exist together) sits well with one of Tracey’s favourite quotes,“Resolve and thou art free”.