Kathy is a Londoner born and bred, and was educated in Ealing. After leaving school Kathy went to the Guildhall School of Music & Drama to study drama.
After a couple of years in Repertory Theatre, she realised the acting life was not for her. It was fate that she should marry Richard Tracey from Stratford-Upon-Avon – Shakespeare country!
After working with Erin Pizzey at the first Battered Wives home for two years, she became a full-time mum to her four children.
While Kathy’s children were all at local state schools, Kathy became a councillor for the Inner London Education Authority, determined to improve London’s schools.
She successfully campaigned to have education devolved to the boroughs, and when in 1990 Wandsworth took over control of education she became a Wandsworth Councillor.
Kathy has served on most of the Council’s committees. In Leisure & Amenities she was responsible for introducing the orange bag recycling system, privatising the Council’s leisure centres, and introducing the Wandsworth Arts Festival.
During her time as Chairman of Regeneration she was responsible for the development of Wandsworth Town Centre.
As Lead Member for Children in the Borough, Kathy is now responsible for all the borough’s schools and is very proud of their continuing improved performance.
Kathy was delighted last year when Government inspectors awarded Wandsworth an Excellent Authority category, and said the Council’s “safeguarding arrangements were judged to be outstanding along with provision for looked- after children and those with learning difficulties and/or disabilities”.
Work on the next phase of the £3m Clapham Junction exemplar scheme starts in May 2013.
Written on Thursday, 02 May 2013 14:28 in Local News
The Council’s investment in the Tooting Triangle playground is proving popular with local families. Children had a key role in choosing the play equipment and designing the space. Local councillors also lobbied to prevent mobile phone companies installing a mast nearby.
Written on Friday, 26 April 2013 14:43 in Local News
Businesses in the Northcote Road area were today being handed the results of the first local Consumer Survey in recent years carried out by local MP Jane Ellison and the Northcote Ward Councillors.
Written on Thursday, 25 April 2013 10:29 in Local News