Speaking with Tess Coughlan-Allen on the phone, we were immediately drawn to her easy demeanour and dedication to her craft. She is currently the Marketing Manager at Mind Doodle; a product 18 months in the making, run by a fantastic start-up that offers an ingenious way of expanding upon, assigning and monitoring new ideas all wrapped up in some seriously stunning branding. It is a project that keeps Tess pretty busy.
But not only does she work full time there, she is also heavily involved in the WordCamp scene which she credits with giving her the opportunity to engage with professionals from different countries whilst offering a wealth of new insights to bring back to her own firm. So much so that not only Tess, but her boss before, have been passionately involved in the WordCamp scene ever since its inception.
In fact, she came to WordCamp Brighton after starting her work with the inaugural WordCamp Bristol in 2017, where she was instrumental in their social media and blog writing. Following on from that, Tess was part of the PR team for WordCamp Europe 2018 and will shortly be taking over as communications lead for WordCamp Europe 2019.
So with all this selfless work for WordCamp alongside her rather impressive professional C.V it is no surprise she was asked to apply as a speaker at this year’s WordCamp Brighton, by Twitter no less (how millennial). Giving a workshop on “finding the words to press,” all about written content, this cleverly titled talk is a must see, and having spoken to Tess we are sure she will convey a huge amount of valuable and important content.
Alongside her own talk, Tess is looking forward to “what to say and how to say it; a guide to public speaking,” particularly as she is looking to do more public speaking *hint hint* as well as The Future of WordPress which has a brilliant line up including tech legends Alain Schlesser, Mika Epstein, David Lockie and Tammie Lister.
Looking forward to 2019 and beyond, Tess is excited by Guttenberg although she believes that it does pose a number of challenges before it helps enrich the overall WordPress experience. She also believes there will be far more of a focus on accessibility sustainability and how that can be improved in terms of both UX and design.