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Organisational Services

"Tess was able to provide tools and support me to find alternative perspectives and solutions giving me the confidence to define, and be, the leader I wanted to be" 

Director, Safeguarding Charity


Coaching, Facilitation, Consultancy

Supporting organisations who work internationally, including charities and NGOs, in the following areas 


  • Emerging Leaders & Leadership development

  • Career progression

  • Confidence

  • Overcoming stress, burnout and developing resilience


  • Wellbeing and Resilience workshops

  • Training services in Leadership

  • Setting up mentoring programs

  • Further services in Safeguarding, Travel Risk Management and Security.  ​Please contact me for information

How can coaching help your organisation?

In the UK alone, the Health and Safety Executive reported that in 2017/18, there were 0.6 million new or longstanding cases of  work related stress, depression or anxiety.  This amounted to 15.4 million lost working days and amounted to billions of pounds worth of costs.  ​Coaching has been shown to help people in managing stress and improve resilience, not only of the individual, but of the organisation as a whole.  

A study of Fortune 100 executives reported that “coaching resulted in a Return On Investment of almost 6 times the programme cost as well as improvements in relationships, teamwork, job satisfaction and quality” (Manchester Consulting Group).

Attitude and behaviour are infectious. If your staff are positive, resilient and led by great leaders, that can only be of positive benefit to your organisation, its productivity,  finances and reputation.    In today’s world this can be extraordinary.  I can help you get there.

Why work with Tess

I listen to your organisational needs and tailor a programme that is right for you,

enabling the organisation and its staff to fulfil their vision.


I am an accomplished coach, leader and facilitator, building on 23 years experience in progressively senior positions in international aid, the most recent role held was as Director of Humanitarian Operational for UK-Med. This was a temporary foray away form self-employment during the COVID pandemic.  Other organisations worked for include Oxfam, Care International and WaterAid, primarily in programme / consortium management and coordination roles.  As well as in the UK,  I have spent a number of years living abroad, often in insecure locations or on short term, first phase response missions.

As a coach, in 2021/2 I have been providing wellbeing coaching to senior partners of a global lawyer firm via Clarity Stress and Trauma.  This is in addition to private clients. 

Alongside my coaching work, work as a consultant, a large part of which as a trainer on personal security and Hostile Environment Awareness (HEAT) courses, audiences for which range from NGO international and national staff, human right lawyers and students. 


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. Through experience in working in international emergencies, and in training people in hostile environment security, I can bring a unique perspective on how leadership can be affected by adverse pressure.  


I understand the need for great leadership, strategic vision and clear outcomes. I also understand the importance of a healthy workplace.  Through my own experience I know how coaching can help organisations achieve this.

In addition to an Animas Diploma in Transformational Coaching, I also hold a Certificate in Corporate Coaching, both accredited by the International Coaching Federation. I have also set up international mentoring networks, including for CAFOD & Caritas. 

Building on techniques learnt through coaching qualifications, I tailor my approach to the needs of the client, while using recognised models and tools that focus on the individual, their personal values and beliefs.  In understanding those factors, real transformation can be achieved.  



I am able to draw on the skills and expertise of high level management consultants, who can provide group coaching and train in leadership, change management and personality / leadership assessment & profiling.  Please contact me for more information.

Tess frequently trains large international NGOs, universities, and small companies in safeguarding, travel risk management and personal security. If you are interested in any of these services please contact Tess to discuss further.

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