Tess joined Oxfam GB in January 2011. She is a member of the Oxfam International Gender in Emergencies Group, representing Oxfam GB. In June and July 2011, she led an internal gender learning review of the 2010 Pakistan flood response.
Born in the Philippines, Tess has more than 20 years experience in humanitarian and long-term development work with local and international NGOs. She has worked in programme and project management, capacity development, gender mainstreaming and organisational development.
Before joining Oxfam, Tess managed ActionAid Australia's programme in Gaza from 2009 to 2010 and Christian Aid's emergency programme in Sri Lanka from 2007 to 2009. Prior to these overseas posts she held various positions with INGOs based in the UK, managing training and overseas programmes. In the Philippines, Tess worked with urban poor and marginalised rural communities in humanitarian and long-term programmes.
Tess is a keen advocate of participatory approaches and linking humanitarian work to long-term development and has extensive experience in South Asia, South East Asia and the Middle East. She has a degree in Agriculture from the Philippines and a postgraduate degree in Rural Extension and Women from the University of Reading.