Tess Williams - Down to earth coaching for Work and Wellbeing

Tess Williams - Down to earth coaching for Work and Wellbeing


07794 554879

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About me

'Tess is very approachable, highly perceptive and conversations with her were very valuable in identifying the opportunities, weighing up the opportunities and supporting my decision making - they led to an important breakthrough in my career'.

My services

Taking a practical and down to earth approach, I work with people from all walks of life, from any backgrounds and can work with most challenges, but have particular focus on the following:

Specialist Areas

  • Confidence
  • Leadership development
  • Career progression
  • Career and life change - 'the crossroads conundrum'
  • Overcoming stress, burnout and developing resilience
  • Working with those in the social sector, charities or international development / humanitarian NGOs. While a good coach can support anyone from any background, as someone who spent nearly 20 years in humanitarian aid, I know how important to me it was (at the time), to find a coach who understood this world.

For many of us, making a change in one area of our life will inevitably affect other areas. For example, a career change may affect our relationships with loved ones. So, while I specialise in the areas above, I also recognise the complexity of change and the need to explore all areas that affect ability to move forward as required.

I tailor my coaching to the client concerned and can draw upon a range of tools and techniques to help you get the best from your sessions.  I am always led by you, the client, though will offer options of different approaches and encourage exploration of new ideas where appropriate. I tend to be quite practical and down to earth, though not afraid of the spiritual - you would be amazed at what a little open-mindedness (and mindfulness) can bring.

Training, qualifications & experience


  • Diploma in Transformational Coaching: Animas '19
  • Certificate in Corporate Coaching (to finish April '19): Animas '19
  • Psychological First Aid Certificate - Johns Hopkins University
  • BSc Hons (First Class) - Development and Health in Disaster Management (including modules on 'psychological aspects of disasters') Coventry University
  • Introduction to counselling and counselling skills certificate.

About me:

My coaching practice draws on 20 years progressively senior management experience in international humanitarian aid, living both overseas and in the UK.  During that time, I frequently acted as a mentor and coach for staff, working with a diversity of amazing people with different challenges and goals, supporting them to make career progressions and life decisions. I also supported people through times of high stress and pressure, where their ability to manage the day to day had become overwhelming. I helped them make sense of what was happening, gain clarity and take steps to move on with more resilience.

In my current practice, based near Guildford in Surrey, I have successfully worked with people from all backgrounds: newly appointed CEOs who want to develop their confidence and leadership abilities; business entrepreneurs looking for their next venture; people who want to get back into work or take the next step up the ladder; those disillusioned with their current career; those who are simply overwhelmed by the stresses that work, and life, can bring.

Alongside coaching practice and study, I continue to be connected to the humanitarian world, taking on consultancies, and delivering personal safety and security training for those travelling to hostile environments.  I frequently runs sessions on these courses in managing stress and building resilience, - involvement in which furthered my interest in the impact of stress on the body and mind and the importance of mental well-being and resilience. I am particularly interested in trauma (especially building resilience prior to exposure) and am seeking to undertake further professional development in this area.

Other areas of coaching I deal with

- Resilience
- Coaching for Humanitarian and development aid workers
- Emerging leaders



£55 per session (1 hour) - recommended 6 sessions - though packages can be tailored accordingly.

(see note below re additional charges related to travel and where private room space is rented for Face to Face)


I can offer face to face or online sessions.

As many of my clients are spread all over the world, most of my current practice is online and I can be flexible on timing to allow for different time-zones.

Face to Face sessions can be held in public locations at no additional fee. However I can also rent rooms in Guildford, but as this incurs a charge which will need to be included.

Travel costs for sessions held outside the Godalming / Guildford area will incur a charge. This can be discussed on case by case basis.

Further information

Sample Testimonial:

Before working with Tess, I was experiencing challenges with growing and leading a start up charity, particularly with understanding the needs of a diverse volunteer structure that is survivor led. Tess was able to provide tools and support me to find alternative perspectives and solutions giving me the confidence to define, and be, the leader I wanted to be. Her ability to intuitively and sensitively assess situations and guide honest self-reflection has also supported me to move through what I thought we’re immovable hurdles in my personal life, challenging routine thoughts that have stopped me pursuing other personal goals and relationships. These were, at times, difficult feelings to unpack, however Tess's thoughtful and kind manner eased the discomfort and helped me envision a very different future.

I didn’t think it was possible to cover such breadth of topics in our sessions, however with Tess's patience and her ability to subtly move forward thinking, she has set me on a path for healthy emotional wellbeing that will no doubt support me in all aspects of my life for many years to come.

VS – Director, Safeguarding Charity

Godalming, GU7

Type of session

Online life coaching: Yes
Telephone life coaching: Yes
Face to face life coaching: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified