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, and have completed a Masterclass in Trauma Informed Coaching. 

I can build positive rapport with people quickly and easily, face to face or remotely. I have worked with individuals and teams from all over the world and from all cultures. 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.

My coaching practice draws on 20 years progressively senior management experience in international humanitarian aid, where I frequently acted as a mentor and coach for staff.  During that time, using skills gained through in-house coaching training and short courses, I worked with a diversity of amazing people with different challenges and goals, supporting them to make career progressions and life decisions. I also supported people through times of high stress and pressure, where their ability to manage the day to day had become overwhelming. I helped them make sense of what was happening, gain clarity and take steps to move on with more resilience.

Since becoming self employed in 2017, I have continued this coaching journey, pursuing professional qualifications and continuing to learn and develop. I am currently seeking to develop my skills and knowledge around trauma and resilience. 

I have successfully worked with people from all backgrounds:  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 simply overwhelmed by the stresses that work, and life, can bring.

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 resilience.

In my spare time I make ridiculously complicated mosaic furniture 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. 

Qualifications/ CPD:

  • 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

My organisational services can draw on the skills of my talented and accomplished associates. More information can be provided on request.