Introducing the Mayor and Consort
Councillor Tracey Austin and Mr Dwain Longley
Born in Outwood in 1971, Tracey attended Outwood Grange School before becoming a Registered Childminder and School Governor. She raised a young family during this time and became a member of the local Junior Chamber of Commerce in Wakefield to develop her career. With their support, she initially attended Wakefield College and then studied at Leeds Metropolitan University, gaining a degree in Early Childhood Studies.
Mental health is a subject close to Tracey's heart. She has worked for a number of charitable organisations in the Wakefield District who support people with mental health and learning disabilities. These have been challenging but rewarding roles which Tracey believes has had a positive impact on people's lives.
Tracey works for Yorkshire Ambulance Service as an Associate Ambulance Practitioner. She believes it to be a privilege to work in this environment and particularly rewarding when able to care for patients and their loved ones at some of the most difficult times of their lives when they need support to manage the impact of trauma.
Tracey has worked tirelessly in this key worker role throughout the Covid-19 global pandemic alongside her NHS colleagues.
Tracey has served as an elected Member of Wakefield Council for the last fifteen years, initially representing Hemsworth Ward for four years. For the past 11 years Tracey has been proud to represent Wakefield North Ward.
Tracey is currently a member of the West Yorkshire Fire Authority, having been a member for over thirteen years. This has provided the opportunity to sit on a number of decision making boards and, as Vice Chair, helping to support the authority through a number of changes and transition.
Tracey has three children, Dwain, Laura and Connor, all of whom live in the Wakefield District. Dwain is Tracey's eldest child and will be the Mayor's Consort. Dwain also works for Yorkshire Ambulance Service as a Resilience Manager and in his spare time he volunteers for St Johns Ambulance and is involved with the Sea Cadets. Dwain is married to Sarah and they have two young children.
Tracey has five wonderful grandchildren, Zachary, Rosie, Jake, Leo and the newest arrival Alexander, and enjoys their company whenever she can. She also enjoys travelling and reading during her spare time.