Getting to know… Tracie Shields

28 February 2020

Tracie Shields, Norwood’s qualifications coordinator, recently celebrated her 25th anniversary of working at Norwood – a milestone well worth recognising.

Tracie Shields

How long have you worked for Norwood?

Just over 25 years.

Can you describe what you do in a sentence or two?

I work with external providers to deliver health and social care qualifications to Norwood staff. I ensure that the standards are high and monitor staffs’ progress to support them to achieve their goals and maintain continuity.

What do you like most about your role?

I love working with a dedicated team that strives to deliver training to staff to ensure that they can support people living in Norwood’s homes in the very best way. I also enjoy spending time with the people who live at Ravenswood who I’ve known for 25 years.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?

Spending time with my family, eating out, swimming and getting together with friends.

What has been your best holiday so far?

I’d have to say Mexico which is where I went on my honeymoon, but I also love Cornwall.

Name one thing on your ‘list of things I’d like to do’ one day?

I feel like I’ve done most things but I’m hoping to take my children to Florida next year. I have been before and it’s fantastic.

If you were a time traveller and could go back in time, which year/decade/period in history would you visit, and why?

I love 60s music so I would probably go back to then.

 Who would be your three ideal famous dinner party guests, from in any point in time, and why?

Princess Diana because she seemed so lovely and natural. James Cordon because he makes me laugh and anything with him in it on TV is great, and Elvis because I love his voice.

If you could be any animal for a day, what would you be and why?

I’d like to be a little bird. I like the way they sing and seem happy to be alive.

What is your favourite film?

Mamma Mia – because it’s happy, uplifting and full of colour.

Favourite book?

Anything by Jill Mansell, because her books are light-hearted and easy to read.

Favourite food?

Roast dinner with Yorkshire pudding and gravy.

Favourite drink?

Cup of tea – milk no sugar.