Tracey Stakes took the reins as Chief Executive of Belong in 2017, having played an instrumental role in the development and expansion of the Belong village model as Finance Director and member of the executive team.
She joined the organisation in 1997 with a strong track record in third sector finance. Having qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse in 1989, Tracey volunteered with the Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) for three years, teaching and carrying out consultancy work in Tanzania.
She returned to the UK to take up post as Finance Manager for a charitable housing association, which she fulfilled for a number of years, before moving to Belong (then CLS Care Services).
Tracey chaired the National Care Forum’s Finance Forum for five years, stepping down in 2017. She is also active in the community, volunteering as an independent examiner for two local charities.