Tracey Wood is an advocate and co-founder of the Glynnis Gale Foundation, an organisation dedicated to addressing the devastating impact of asbestos mining and use in South Africa.
After the heart-wrenching experience of caring for her mother who succumbed to Mesothelioma in 2019, Tracey, alongside her husband Paul, embarked on a fact-finding mission to the asbestos mining fields of the Northern Cape. There, they uncovered the dire legacy left by international companies and the ongoing struggles of the impoverished communities affected.
After a long and successful career as a global marketing leader and growth strategist, Tracey’s transition to full-time advocacy marks a significant pivot in her career. In January of this year, Tracey and Paul made a life-altering move from the United Kingdom to South Africa to focus on the foundation’s work and engage directly with the communities they aim to serve.
Named in honour of Tracey’s late mother, the Glynnis Gale Foundation stands on four pillars: Advocacy, Education, Research, and Access to Palliative Care. Its mission is to elevate awareness of the dangers of asbestos, promote its safe management, and enhance the quality of care for South Africans affected by asbestos-related diseases.
Beyond raising awareness and research, Tracey and Paul are deeply involved in providing tangible support to families. They assist in navigating the complex process of seeking compensation in the United Kingdom for those who have suffered due to historical asbestos mining activities.
Tracey Wood’s story is one of resilience and transformation, channelling personal loss into a powerful force for change. Her dedication to the cause is not just about remembrance but about forging a future where the health and dignity of every individual are protected.