Eric Tracey, Non-executive director

Eric is Financial Director’s non-executive director columnist. He started his career with Deloitte and in his time there led audits, floatations, buyouts and restructurings for a number of companies, most notably leading the sale of Railtrack to Network Rail and taking the British Airports Authority to market.

Eric was later acting FD for Amey in 2002 and group FD for Wembley in 2005 before becoming a non-executive director, senior independent director and audit chair for other listed companies.

Eric’s column is published every two months.

Articles by Eric Tracey

Rugby players

Blame game

Eric Tracey highlights the crisis engulfing the Rugby Football Union and examines the business governance lessons from a boardroom perspective | 06 Jan 2012

The invisible businessman

The invisible board member

Board attendance statistics tell us nothing about NED contributions, writes Eric Tracey | 04 Nov 2011

A man with his fingers in his ears representing hear-no-evil

Tone from the top: when things go wrong

Setting corporate culture, and the values by which executives throughout a group will behave, is one of a board's highest priorities | 03 Aug 2011

Audit committee chairman first port of call for FDs

A good audit committee chairman is of real value to a finance director through good times and bad | 20 May 2011

Collude to delude

In telling themselves that rinse-and-repeat management perpetuates profitability, boards risk stakeholder ire | 24 Mar 2011

Audit committees need high-level participation

Too many audit committees are badly organised and viewed by their members as a compliance headache | 24 Jan 2011

Why FDs can take a leaf out of Wolf Hall

A fictional masterpiece set in the 16th century throws new light on the art of making accounting reports more relevant | 22 Nov 2010

Dealing with someone else's accounting mess

Don’t get cornered – give the board your solution and make them back it | 27 Sep 2010

The Non-executive: Addressing the cause of share price slides will boost shareholder value

Boards should not protect themselves from inconvenient truths that can sharpen business for the better | 05 Jul 2010

The Non-executive: Understanding the role of the audit committee chair

Our new columnist ponders the role of the audit committee chairperson in hiring and firing subsidiary FDs | 26 Apr 2010

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