Tracey Bovingdon works with the University of Cambridge as a tutor on the Leading Change online course and as a mentor for the Queens Young Leaders Programme. She is joining us for the 2017 residential in Cambridge.
Tracey is Commercial Director of Government CIC First for Wellbeing and an entrepreneur with a life-time interest in niche opportunities and gaps in the market.
Her early career was spent at Kinetic plc where she qualified as an Investors in People Assessor and became a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. From here she moved to the Audi Head Office where she managed technical training.
As Director of Outsourcing for Nord Anglia plc in 1999, she developed a portfolio of businesses supporting nurseries, schools and colleges of further education. At this period of her life, Tracey divided her time between the UK and United Arab Emirates, managing a number of outsourced projects.
In 2000 Tracey saw an opportunity to provide back-office support to the education sector. From this, she developed a business with a turnover of £8.4 million within two years. In 2003, Tracey left Nord Anglia to set up Strictly Education Ltd with investment funds of £400,000. Four years later, in 2007, Strictly Education was sold for £2.85 million.
Tracey then moved to Bahrain and Oman where she was inspired to start Tea Monkey to fill a gap in the market takeaway tea and teashops on the high street.
She mentors and coaches social entrepreneurs from around the Commonwealth and is a Trustee on the Board of Mayday Trust – dealing with life transitions for acute homelessness and rehabilitating offenders. As part of her new enterprise Mind Your Own Business, she is piloting a Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) for disadvantaged students at Milton Keynes Academy, UK.