Tessa works as a marketing manager for Arts and Culture Finance.

Before Nesta, Tessa has been working freelance for various arts and charity organisations including Yorkshire Sculpture International, Corridor 8 and NYMAZ. Prior to this she was marketing and development director at the English Folk Dance and Song Society / Cecil Sharp House, and has worked in communications, marketing and development roles for various non-profit organisations.

Tessa studied Law at Cambridge and then an MA in Cultural and Critical Studies at Birkbeck, University of London.

Outside of Nesta, Tessa is an artist and culture writer and currently a visiting tutor on the Fine Art BA at Liverpool John Moores University. She recently edited her first book for Faber, and as an artist has exhibited at various galleries including FACT and Wysing Arts Centre.