Tessa Bamford leads the UK Board Practice. Tessa specialises in board director recruitment and advisory services for clients in the UK and internationally. She brings extensive and varied boardroom experience as both an adviser and a director to her role.

Business leadership experience

  • Tessa recently stepped down as a non-executive director of Ferguson plc, the world’s leading distributor of value-added plumbing and heating products in North America, after over 10 years on the board. She also served for nine years on the board of another FTSE 100-listed company, Barratt Developments plc, one of Britain’s largest homebuilders.
  • Before joining Spencer Stuart, Tessa was a founding director of Cantos Communications, an online corporate communications company serving many FTSE 100, FTSE 250 and international businesses. In this role, she also managed many of the company’s largest client accounts.
  • Previously, Tessa spent 18 years as an investment banker, first with BZW and then with Schroders, latterly as a managing director. In that role, she worked in both the UK and the U.S. advising companies on equity capital markets and M&A.

Tessa holds a bachelor’s degree in geography from Oxford University and is a former governor of the British Institute of Florence as well as a former trustee of Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust.

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