Tracey Barnes joins Sovereign as Chief Financial Officer 

Tracey Barnes will join Sovereign Housing Association as Chief Financial Officer, her latest move in an impressive thirty-year career, spanning four continents.

Tracey, a PWC trained chartered accountant, starts work at Sovereign on 21 October, moving to the housing association from international beer and spirits giant, Diageo.

Holding a wide a range of senior roles, Tracey is an experienced CFO, whose most recent achievement was leading the set up and day to day management of Diageo’s largest global business service centre in Bengaluru, India.

An inspirational leader, committed to developing teams and experienced across the whole business cycle, Tracey offers an incredible wealth of experience in her new role. Passionate about equality in the workplace, she’s been a vocal advocate for working women across the globe.

Commenting on the appointment, Chief Executive Mark Washer said: “I’m delighted to welcome Tracey onto our Executive Board. Her unique sets of skills will add real strength and depth to what is already a strong team.  I’ve been impressed with her enthusiasm, strategic approach and big picture thinking, alongside her clear focus on delivering change.”

Tracey Barnes added: “I’m thrilled to be joining Sovereign at such an exciting stage of its transformation. While it has big ambitions to grow fast and build more homes, it hasn’t forgotten its roots and is clearly determined to keep the customer at the centre of everything.

 “I’m excited to be working with such a strong, values-led executive team, and helping Sovereign maintain and leverage its financial strength as it delivers on its ambitions for the customer.”