Eric Tracey steps down as Chairman

On 13 October 2020 the College’s Chairman, Eric Tracey, will be stepping down from the role after 15 years on the Board and a professional association with the College stretching back to 1980.

Eric will be replaced by Stuart Shilson, who has had a long association with the College and is currently serving as Vice Chair.

In his career, Eric was a partner in Deloitte in London for nearly 25 years and subsequently completed a number of commercial and charitable Finance Director and Non-Executive Director roles. He is currently also a Non-Executive Director of a small Investment Management Company and Chairman of two New Zealand related Charities. His charitable and other pro bono work led to The New Zealand Society’s making him their UK New Zealander of the Year in 2014.

Commenting on his retirement as Chairman, Eric says: “There is much to be proud of during my time on the Board, including overseeing the refurbishment of London House and William Goodenough House, on time and to budget; establishing a Finance Committee to oversee the long-term sustainability of the College; and creating a long-term asset replacement plan, which has led to huge improvements in the management of our estate.

“More recently, I have been pleased to have played a part in delivering the Strategic Review and in ensuring greater transparency in our governance; as well as overseeing the recruitment of Rebecca Matthews as Director, following a very open and consultative process. I am also delighted with the orderly succession to a distinguished Alumnus and College Fellow, Stuart Shilson LVO DL, as the next Chair of the College.”

Director Rebecca Matthews comments: “I want to take this opportunity to thank Eric for all that he has brought to the College over the last 15 years and more, first as a Governor and then for the last four years as our Chair. He will be greatly missed, by the Board, Governors, staff and Members alike. I have worked with Eric since joining the College in October 2018 and, although an all too brief collaboration in many ways, it has been deeply inspiring and a privilege to work under his leadership.”