Barefoot College International Board
Tracey Margaret Balch, RGN RSCN, is Director of the Barefoot College International UK Board. She developed a global worldview and fervent support for education from an early age. Tracey volunteered at The Mother House,
Destitute and Dying homes and orphanages for Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata, during holidays from school. During her time there she spent an evening with Mother Teresa discussing various paths and opportunities offered in India. Mother Teresa encouraged Tracey to continue her education and obtain her nursing qualifications. “This would be a skill that is beneficial and needed and life will go full cycle and you will return. Life has a way of working out if it is meant to be,” Balch recalls Mother Teresa saying to her. Tracey followed that advice.
Next Tracey trained at the Hospital for Sick Children in London with a specialization in cardiac surgery, intensive care and heart and lung transplants. Her career path led her to posts as director for several organizations, including Cobham Hall in the UK for 10 years. Before joining the board of Barefoot College International-U.K., Tracey served on Aiglon College Parents Ambassador Council and as a trustee and on the Executive Board of Round Square. She is a Fellow of The Royal Geographical Society and the RSA in addition to being a member of the Royal Academy.
Shevaun joined the Government in 2016 as Deputy Director of Business Partnerships for the Cabinet Office. She now also runs the Inclusive Economy Partnership for HMG.
Shevaun started her career in consultancy in London and New York. She then moved to the Walt Disney Company in strategic planning before joining Disneyland Paris, opening the second theme park. Shevaun then joined the agency world running global accounts for Millward Brown, Mindshare and WPP. Following this, she became a partner in a start-up digital innovation agency and venture builder, Independents United, where she also became an Advisor for the Danson Foundation. Most recently, Shevaun was the New Ventures Director for Avado, building new businesses in Edtech and founding the Academy of Digital Business Leaders. Shevaun is a social impact investor and sits on the Ventures Advisory Board of UnLtd, a social enterprise foundation.
Dr Marion Gluck
Dr Marion Gluck is one of the world’s leading practitioners of bio-identical hormone therapy (BHRT), and author of the book ‘It Must Be My Hormones’, with a highly acclaimed...
medical career spanning more than 30 years. She has long been a champion of women’s rights and supporter of Barefoot College and now sits as a board member for the charity.
Since founding the UK’s first clinic for BHRT, The Marion Gluck Clinic, Dr Gluck has spent her professional career and much of her personal life helping to better the health of women and has received global recognition for her work.
Reproductive and hormonal health are at the centre of Marion’s work and she is therefore ideally placed to help Barefoot College achieve our many goals for women in the developing world.
Nicola has been a supporter of the Barefoot cause for many years and has recently joined the UK operation to help with administration, events and fundraising.
She has a degree from Cambridge University, an early career in the City, and in recent times, an eclectic portfolio of roles in coaching, editing and arts administration. She is a passionate believer in the Barefoot concept of empowering women to bring about change in their own communities