Tessa Cooper

I help create inclusive communities and teams through supporting diverse groups to collaborate effectively on solving problems together.


 
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Services

By solving complex organisation issues head-on, being an excellent communicator and inspiring others, Tessa helps teams become the happiest and most effective they can be.

With a background in People & Culture and Product Development my skillset will help you to unlock the potential of your team or organisation. I believe in creating diverse teams in which everyone feels able to thrive. Some of the services I can offer include: 


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Speaking & writing

I enjoy speaking or writing about topics that promote diversity & inclusion, focussing on practical tips for becoming better leaders, developing better teams and building better business. If you are interested in me speaking I can either repurpose one of the below talks or develop a new talk.

Talk: If building a great team is the question technology is not the answer  “Favourite quote so far  @canvasconf  from  @tessacooper5 ; Stop using tech & tools as a comfort blanket when working with your teams  #canvasconf ” - @katydunn

Talk: If building a great team is the question technology is not the answer
“Favourite quote so far @canvasconf from @tessacooper5; Stop using tech & tools as a comfort blanket when working with your teams #canvasconf” - @katydunn

Talk: Failure is yours, success is the team’s  “Really natural talk by  @tessacooper5  on how to fail #ProductTank – at Conway Hall” - @jaysonrobinson

Talk: Failure is yours, success is the team’s
“Really natural talk by @tessacooper5 on how to fail #ProductTank – at Conway Hall” - @jaysonrobinson

Talk: I don’t speak your language  “Thoroughly enjoyed  @tessacooper5 's talk last night around ways to ensure groups of people understand each other & communicate effectively. Some really great takeaways. Thanks for hosting a great talk  @WIT_Notts .” @jesspwhite

Talk: I don’t speak your language
“Thoroughly enjoyed @tessacooper5's talk last night around ways to ensure groups of people understand each other & communicate effectively. Some really great takeaways. Thanks for hosting a great talk @WIT_Notts.” @jesspwhite

Panel: How can London businesses attract skills & talent they need?   ”Great to hear your approach to attracting and keeping skilled and talented employees – I think you have inspired a few of the people in the room to think new thoughts on this issue! “- Gemma Kappala-Ramsamy, London councils

Panel: How can London businesses attract skills & talent they need?
”Great to hear your approach to attracting and keeping skilled and talented employees – I think you have inspired a few of the people in the room to think new thoughts on this issue! “- Gemma Kappala-Ramsamy, London councils

Blog series: Using agile principles to develop company culture ” I’ve really enjoyed reading these posts; it sounds like you’re doing a lot of good work to make FutureLearn a better place. Thank you.”@fatbusinessman

Blog series: Using agile principles to develop company culture
I’ve really enjoyed reading these posts; it sounds like you’re doing a lot of good work to make FutureLearn a better place. Thank you.”@fatbusinessman

Event: Youth employment hackday ” I must thank you for all the time and effort you put in to gathering everyone at the Google Campus recently…It is testament to you that what you created does really work…you have succeeded in allowing one young man to find the perfect career path.” - Father of participant at the event.

Event: Youth employment hackday
I must thank you for all the time and effort you put in to gathering everyone at the Google Campus recently…It is testament to you that what you created does really work…you have succeeded in allowing one young man to find the perfect career path.” - Father of participant at the event.

Various:  Speaking & writing about challenges of returning to work after parental leave.

Various: Speaking & writing about challenges of returning to work after parental leave.

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Testimonials

Tessa is someone that will work with you to challenge you (and your organisation) and see through uncomfortable but crucial conversations to ensure your organisation can be its best.
— `Emily Lincoln-Gordon, General Counsel, Pusher
Tess builds and leads the most amazing teams. She has an incredible ability to get people to listen to one another, to find effective ways of working together and take bold and exciting steps to deliver against their goals. She is also excellent at coaching, supporting others to lead more effectively. She makes organisations better places to work.
— Joel Chippindale, CTO, Unmade
Tess is generous and open.. she has an inspirational presence and I’ve learned so much from her. She truly cares about the people she works with and it never ceases to amaze me how much courage and conviction she has
— Katie Coleman, Designer, FutureLearn
By solving complex organisation issues head-on, being an excellent communicator and inspiring others, Tessa helps teams become the happiest and most effective they can be.
— Chris Zetter, Freelance Software Developer
You’ve helped me see things with a different lens. I’ve become a better person and FutureLearn is better place because of you.
— Dereck Johnson, Head of UX, FutureLearn

Background

With 10 years experience of building & leading teams across Edtech, Charity Sector, Media & publishing. I never stop learning and am continuously developing myself through training and coaching.

 

Employment History

Director of People & Culture
FutureLearn

Senior Product Manager
FutureLearn

Product Manager
Comic Relief

Project manager/ Agile coach
The Guardian

 

Projects

Collaborative Future
A new venture that will put collaboration at the heart of solving some of our society's biggest challenges.

Youth Employment Hackday
I organised an entire day’s event with businesses, educational institutions & young people to come up with ideas tackle the barriers to employment

 

Facilitation Library
I manage a trello library of tried and tested workshop formats and exercises for teams to use to help them work together effectively.

Education

Political Theory PG Cert
Birkbeck University
2014-15

Developing Coaching Skills
CIPD 
November 2014

Management & Leadership Development
5 weeks of training & coaching sessions with Gavin Aubrey

Online courses such as:

  • Intercultural competency

  • Professional Resilience

  • Leading people-centred change

  • HR Fundamentals

  • Co-operation in a contemporary world

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