About Tess

I am an Associate Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation (ICF) one of the main internationally recognised coaching bodies. I also hold a Diploma in Transformational Coaching and Certificate in Corporate Coaching, both with Animas. I am also training as a Trauma Informed Coach, due to complete in July '21.

My coaching practice draws on 20 years progressively senior management experience in international humanitarian aid,  during which I frequently acted as a mentor and coach for staff.  Since becoming self employed in 2017, i have pursued professional qualifications and continue to learn and develop. 


Alongside coaching practice and study, I continue to be connected to the humanitarian world, taking on consultancies, and delivering personal safety and security training for those travelling to hostile environments. Involvement in these training courses has furthered my interest in the impact of stress on the body and mind and the importance of mental well-being and self awareness.

In my spare time I make ridiculously complicated mosaic furniture, make silver jewellery and spend as much time in nature as possible.  Scuba diving is a passion and as a Dive Master, I try and get in the water as much as I can. 

Why work with me?

I have a deep belief that good coaching can make a positive difference to people’s lives and careers.  I tailor my coaching to the client concerned and can draw upon a range of tools and techniques to help you get the best from your sessions. 

I can build positive rapport with people quickly and easily. I am practical but warm, and am not afraid of the spiritual; you would be amazed what a little open mindedness, and mindfulness, can bring.

 I have worked with a diversity of amazing people from all over the world, supporting them in their different challenges and goals, to make career progressions and life decisions. I have successfully worked with newly appointed CEOs who want to develop their confidence and leadership abilities; business entrepreneurs looking for their next venture; people who want to get back into work or take the next step up the ladder;  those disillusioned with their current career; those who are overwhelmed by the stresses and trauma that work, and life, can bring. 

For more on the services offered - see Coaching for You and Coaching for Humanitarians

 ​Qualifications/ CPD:

  • Trauma Informed Coaching Certificate (ICF accredited): Moving the Human Spirit- April '21 - to complete July '21

  •  Associate Certified Coach accreditation: International Coaching Federation, March '21

  • Trauma Informed Coaching Masterclass: Jan '21

  • Diploma in Transformational Coaching: Animas '19

  • Certificate in Corporate Coaching: Animas '19

  • Mental Health First Aider: MHFA Dec '20

  • Psychological First Aid Certificate - Johns Hopkins University '17

  • BSc Hons (First Class) - Development and Health in Disaster Management (including modules on 'psychological aspects of disasters') Coventry University '02

  • Introduction to counselling and counselling skills certificate '98