IOD Director of the Year Awards

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Tracy Wray profile



Director of HR and Communications
The University of Sheffield

Tracy's professional background is in HR, having worked across the private, public and not for profit sectors.  Her role diversified to incorporate Marketing & Communications in 2016.  She has been with the University of Sheffield since 2011 in a variety of roles and is currently Director of HR & Communications.  Her remit covers all aspects of HR, with a strong focus on effective business engagement and impact.  The University has 8,000 staff and 27,000 students.   She is the guardian of the University's brand in an increasingly challenging market place in relation to student recruitment and reputation.  She works closely with the President & Vice-Chancellor and his senior team on the delivery of transformational change, of which she has a depth of experience.  Her pursuit of excellence has generated internal and external recognition, including a range of awards, but her commitment is to the talent of staff and how this is developed and engaged creating a Remarkable Place to Work.


The University of Sheffield is a member of the Russell Group of leading UK research universities.  Their outstanding performance for excellent teaching and research, as part of a genuinely global community, is consistently confirmed by international independent assessments.


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