Tessa's family have lived in Streat and Westmeston since the 1930s. She moved to the village from London and East Chiltington in 2005 to the family home. Tessa retired at the end of 2016 having worked for the last 36 years for a consulting company in London. Her husband, Michael, runs his business from home. She enjoys walking her dogs, gardening and fly fishing. She is a Trustee/Hon Secretary of Westmeston Parish Hall and Churchwarden of The Beacon Parish.