After reading Business with Languages at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, Tortie began her career in London organising fundraising events for Macmillan Cancer Relief. This led to managing accounts at the advertising and marketing agency Ideas Unlimited. Her accounts included The National Trust, Royal Opera House, MS Society and Macmillan Cancer Relief. Tortie left Ideas as an Account Director in 2002 to move to Dorset.
Tortie is now responsible for all marketing and event activity at the Guild, including Great Taste, World Cheese Awards, Guild membership and Fine Food Show North.