Tracey is closing in on her ten year anniversary at Marie Stopes International, having joined us in 2003. She’s a fully qualified member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply and has completed a number of medical logistics courses.
Originally from South Africa, Tracey became passionate about reproductive health after seeing the need for quality family planning and women’s health services in her home country and during her travels around sub-Saharan Africa.
On a day to day basis Tracey and her team of six manage our complex supply chain. They deal with shipping, freight and customs, run supplier tender processes and coordinate the registration of products in different countries. They also manage our huge fleet of vehicles, and set standards for our programmes worldwide in terms of warehousing and the use of resources.
From getting supplies from Pakistan to Afghanistan across snowy mountain borders to dropping products into Sierra Leone by helicopter this is a role full of significant challenges. But thanks to the expertise of Tracey and her team our network of centres, outreach teams and social franchisees across the world are kept fully stocked with the resources they need.
Tracey says her favourite part of the job is seeing her team’s work positively impact underserved countries across the world: “I love to hear that essential products are getting to high need areas in good time and intact, particularly when we’ve worked months to register the product.”
“My friends do think it’s strange that I know the optimum amount of condoms to fit into a container though!”
Tracey also liaises regularly with the Procurement and Logistics teams at other organisations: Marie Stopes International is a member of the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition and the Inter Agency Procurement Group, and was the coordinator of the latter between 2010 and 2011.
“Tracey’s Procurement and Logistics team is an integral part of Marie Stopes International,” said previous Marie Stopes International CEO Dana Hovig. “We’re operating in a difficult environment at the moment, when freight and other costs have increased due to the global recession, but Tracey’s expertise continues to help all of our country programmes to deliver our mission of children by choice not by chance.”