“Tessa has taught me to look at things through different eyes. She has a wide range of experience in different sectors of our community and she is very willing to share her knowledge with others. She is a competent facilitator and not afraid to tackle discussions about big issues…

 While continuing to seek new life challenges she works hard to support those who are challenged in their own choices. Her communication style is clear and open and she operates with great integrity. She listens actively and puts energy into understanding what people are trying to convey. Along the way she has gained an in depth understanding of people and how they interact and work together or why they do not.

 Three + 1 words to describe Tessa – principled, perceptive, enlightened – and persistent.”  2017

Kathy Webb, SociaLink

“Tessa is one who has the strength of will and the courage to bring the best out of people and of situations; to protect and cherish the ones left bruised and neglected; to give them a voice that can be heard and can make a difference; to create space for others to listen and to facilitate change.”

Christine, Relationships Aotearoa

“I trust Tessa, I value her opinion and I have no question about her integrity… I would highly recommend her… for all of the above and for her skill of getting to the point, getting to the core of what needs to be done. In a team situation, she is a brilliant facilitator… Tessa always manages to facilitate respectfully whilst bringing things out of people and getting them to talk – she creates a safe environment for people to do that and encourages a holistic approach, thinking outside of the square to get the best outcomes”    2007

Ali Kemp, Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki – Kaupapa Maori Mental Health Services

“Tessa conducts herself with professionalism and personal integrity, that provides those whom she works and interacts with – with great confidence that they are ‘in good hands’. Her excellent communication skills are one of her many standout qualities. Her work and passion for improved and sustainable community wellbeing outcomes are an inspiration to all.”    

Ben Wilson, Community Relationship Advisor, Western Bay of Plenty District Council