International Exp ……

• BoardSource ( Utilising funding from the Ford Foundation, Tessé was commissioned by BoardSource to undertake an evaluation of its founding for infrastructure work in West and Central Africa). The evaluative process led to BoardSource making adaptations to its global governance support programme.
• WaterAid ( Worked with WaterAid International to review its governance arrangements. Working with an International Board resulted in recommendations, one of which led to the establishment of an international entity to support its global reach.
• Council for World Mission ( – a partnership of churches in mission: Designed a governance update programme and an international diversity programme. Resulted in a vibrant discussion and agreement about participation and engagement of people from different backgrounds, with different experiences and perspectives from across the world.
• International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) ( Worked with the Governance Leadership Team to develop a programme of support for its Council. Integrated this into the volunteer strategy based on an evaluation of volunteer engagement.
• The Centre for Philanthropy, Bermuda (é designed a package to show the benefits of Boards using a coaching approach to enable leadership. As a result of the presentation some of the participants went on to become professional coaches while others sought more coaching training. Tessé also worked with a colleague, Carol Weisman, to present leadership strategies and tips to an academy – this was particularly aimed at reaching young leaders (aged 12-16).
• Karen Woo Foundation (é worked with the Board of Karen Woo Foundation which was set up three years ago. The charity was set up by Karen Woo’s family following her death 3 years ago. She was a doctor and was murdered on an aid mission in Afghanistan. It is a grant-making charity and has no staff, so Trustees have to do everything themselves. process. The facilitated exercise resulted in an action plan
• Amnesty International (é, on behalf of OnBoard, is currently undertaking a governance review in partnership with Compass Partnership.
• Strategic Networking: Believing in the power of collaborative thinking and partnership, Tessé has worked with the Clore Social Leadership Programme ( (a leading model of good leadership practice) and re:volution (,uk) (a programme on the theme of cultures, values and leadership). Combining cultural and creative entrepreneurship this programme is looking at online and offline approaches to enabling vibrant community engagement. The result of these activities is a fusion of creativity, culture and strengthened leadership and results in excellence and better delivery.
• New Technologies, Social Media and Electronic Communication: OnBoard ( is developing a range of models and facilitating discussions that encourage Boards to integrate new technologies and social media in the way they govern their organisations. The result is a broad approach to governance that makes a difference. Tessé is an ambassador for Young Charity Trustees ( – an online community that encourages young people to act as trustees.
Tessé has worked with and for a number of foundations, ie.BoardSource, USA (project funded by the Ford Foundation), The Deaconess Foundation, USA, Charity Aid Foundation (CAF), The Centre for Philanthropy, Bermuda, The Barrow Cadbury Foundation to name a few.

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