Tess is the Chief Executive of Neighbourhood Support New Zealand (NSNZ) and has been in her role for three years.  She leads the National Office team based in Wellington, whose role is to support and develop NSNZ’s 69 member organisations.

Prior to joining NSNZ, Tess was the CEO of Inclusive New Zealand, a peak body for organisations working to create more employment and community opportunities for disabled people.  She is the current Chair of Community Networks Aotearoa and for the last two years has been a judge for New Zealander of the Year.