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GTS Solutions CIC, one of Scotland’s most successful social enterprises, has appointed Tracey Smith as its first operations director.

Tracey Smith, Operations Director, GTS Solutions CIC

Tracey, 47, joins the Edinburgh company from London-based health and social care provider Lifeways where she was regional training manager for Scotland for the past two years.

She joins fellow-directors Alistair Allan, Chris Thewlis and Lindsay Hamilton on the board of Britain’s only gold standard social enterprise operating in private security.

2018 saw GTS Solutions announce it had doubled its turnover to £1 million and last month it was named in the top 50 of the UK’s social enterprises at the Social Business Awards in London.

Tracey is now looking forward to helping take the company to the next stage of its expansion.

“In recent years GTS has been something of a flagship for social enterprise in Scotland and it is a privilege to be its first operations director,” she said. “The company has exciting plans going forward and that was one of the main reasons why I agreed to take on this role.”

“I will work tirelessly to provide as much guidance and support as possible to our staff, helping give them the right structure in their lives. I am a firm believer in job progression and nothing would give me more pleasure than to one day see someone develop and come through the company to fill my shoes.”

“I enjoy personal challenges and am really looking forward to helping take GTS to the next level.”

Prior to her role with Lifeways, Tracey spent five years as recruitment and training manager with SCRT, the Edinburgh-based company providing home care support to people living throughout Scotland.

Welcoming Tracey’s arrival, chief executive Chris Thewlis said: “With our expansion plans, we recognised the need for an operations director and Tracey fitted the role perfectly. She brings a wealth of experience to the job and will be a huge asset to the company.”

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