Dame Kelly Holmes Trust is pleased to announce the appointment of Tracey Fletcher as Interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The appointment follows the announcement that Emma Atkins, currently CEO of Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, will be leaving in late June after nine years at the charity.

Tracey joins on an interim basis, as the Board of Trustees begin its search for a permanent replacement. Tracey moves into the position having served as Vice-Chair of Dame Kelly Holmes Trust since 2011; a role she left in May 2017.

Tracey has worked in senior roles for over 20 years in the voluntary and community sector, leading charities focused on young people, regenerating deprived neighbourhoods and social and voluntary sector policy areas. She currently runs her own consultancy specialising in organisational development, particularly for small and medium sized charities and enterprises working with young people and disadvantaged communities.

Tracey is also a non-executive director on various bodies, including the largest NHS Trust serving the most disadvantaged area of the UK.

Michael Kelly, Chair of the Board of Trustees at Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, said: “Tracey has made a vital contribution to the Trust’s growth and impact at a strategic level over the past five years. During her time as Vice-Chair, the Trust has expanded its programmes for young people facing disadvantage from two areas of the UK to over 60; transforming the lives of thousands of young people in the process.

“Until we recruit a permanent replacement, Tracey will help ensure the continued success and growth of the charity. With her sector experience and vast knowledge of the Trust’s model, the Board is confident that the organsiation will undergo a smooth transition until we find a permanent replacement.”

Tracey Fletcher, Incoming Interim CEO at Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, added: “The Trust is a special and unique charity, something which I have been privileged to learn first-hand having served on their Board of Trustees. The model the Trust has developed unequivalently transforms lives and actively reaches out to some of the hardest to reach young people in our society, whilst in turn supporting the transition of so many world class athletes who are utilised as mentors.

“The chance to spend time working closely with the Trust’s highly talented senior leadership team, staff, partners and inspirational workforce of over 150 world class athletes, was simply too good to pass up. I am also committed to working closely with Michael and his Board of Trustees to find a successor who can continue to grow the Trust’s impact over the coming years.”

The recruitment process for a permanent CEO will begin next week. The Board of Trustees hope to announce the new permanent CEO in early August.