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Tessa Harrison

Tessa joined the Education Practice at GatenbySanderson as HE Partner in February 2020. Since joining GatenbySanderson, Tessa has led the campaigns to recruit Vice Chancellors at the University of Northampton, the Gloucestershire and currently, Bournemouth University. Other campaigns she has led have been at senior academic and professional services leadership level as well as non-executive Chair, Treasurer and governing body membership roles. She works with GS’ Board Practice on HE board effectiveness reviews and coaches a number of senior level leaders through their transition and onboarding to new roles.
Job Title
HE Partner at GatenbySanderson

Tessa previously held HE senior leadership and management in a career spanning over 30 years in five universities ranged across the sector mission groups. She held department and faculty roles at Anglia Polytechnic University before joining Lancaster University in a central university role. She was Academic Registrar & Clerk to the Board of Governors at the University of the West of England; Registrar of the University of Southampton and her last role was as Executive Director of Education & Students at King’s College London.  

Between 2014 and 2016, she was Chair of the Association of University Administrators (AUA) following a number of years as a Trustee on the AUA Board. She also served as an appointed member of the Board of the Leadership Foundation for HE and as a School Governor, and Chair of the Standards Committee, at Appleby Grammar School.

She is a graduate of Liverpool Polytechnic with a PGDip from Anglia Polytechnic University, an Associate of King’s College London, and a graduate of the AOC accredited Meyler Campbell Business Coaching Programme.