Tess studied performing arts at Durham New College and completed her HND in Dance Performance at Newcastle College.
Following this she gained a place at Northern School Of Contemporary Dance where she graduated with a Bachelor of Performing Arts degree.
In 1999, Tess and partner, Martin Wilson, founded TIN Arts. The original aims of the company were the same as they are today; to provide high quality dance and arts provision to all regardless of age, ability or background.
Tess leads the Artistic team at TIN Arts overseeing all artistic planning, preparation and delivery.