Connecting Businesses to People.

Strategically partnering with growth businesses to develop long term people solutions. 

About TESS. 

TESS supports growth businesses in Australia across Technology, Defence, Manufacturing and Mining industries.   Our Value Proposition to you, is our commitment and genuine curiosity to understand business critical issues and effectively leverage our targeted search knowledge and authentic approach to attract and retain ‘hard to find’ talent within disruptive industries. 


Meet Our Founder.

Bringing more than 15 years of experience, connecting talent with visionary business leaders globally,
Donna collaborates with executive leadership teams to develop and implement roadmaps for success, leveraging her industry knowledge and valuable network of trusted advisors. She bridges the gap between technical hiring and executive search campaigns. Focused on partnering with likeminded people, who share core values of integrity, commitment, authenticity and well-being. Donna is committed to delivering, ethically and honestly. Known for her resilience and determination and endorsed by industry leaders across the globe.


Our Services.


Understanding market trends and strategic hiring needs, allow us to effectively navigate industry-specific challenges so that we can provide value to growth businesses in manufacturing, mining, defence, and technology industries. Our executive search practice focuses on senior executive, board and c-suite appointments, collaborating with senior leaders and board directors to appoint executives who have the skills and mindset to enhance company culture and performance. More broadly, we consider factors such as cultural fit, diversity and inclusion, and leadership development to attract and retain the best in class across the globe.


Going beyond the traditional search process, TESS Search Partners are committed to understanding the unique challenges for our clients and we work collaboratively with leaders and stakeholders to ensure talent acquisition strategies are aligned to overall business objectives. By investing time in a needs analysis, researching the market and developing business leaders, we become a trusted partner and ensure our clients strategically build and maintain high-performing leadership teams that contribute to overall business success.


Professional coaching for one-on-one or group sessions where you can discover how to be the best version of yourself… a more intuitive and empowered leader. Helping you to achieve performance and wellbeing by breaking through the hidden barriers to your success! Our approach is values-based, pragmatic and tailored to your specific aspirations and needs. Our leadership programs include Thinking styles for Leaders and Teams, Leading with Influence and Impact, Compelling Communication, Resilience for Change Leadership and New approaches to Leadership Wellbeing and Emotional Resilience.  

Our Expertise.

C-Suite & Senior Appointments

Software Development

Cloud DevOps & Automation

Projects & Transformation

Data & Analytics

Product & UX/UI Design

Infrastructure & Network Support

Cyber Security

Sales, Marketing & Communications

Why We Are Different. 

We are thought leaders using modern technology platforms to identify and engage with technical and executive talent for emerging markets globally.

We are not transactional. We strive for long-term meaningful relationships through the development of strategic retention strategies to ensure high performing talent is retained. 

Our goal is to improve positivity and productivity in the workplace, working collaboratively with likeminded people who share our core values of integrity, commitment, authenticity and well-being.


Donna is a very talented professional who delivers great outcomes. She has a fabulous relatable nature which enables her to deeply understand her clients needs. Her network and ability to form relationships ensures that she connects the right people with the right roles. She is very responsive, flexible and committed to excellence. Thank you Donna for all your support and hard work.

Kimberly Boland, Chief People Officer, Chrysos Corporation

Donna is an outstanding executive search professional, her extensive experience and knowledge of the field showed in every interaction I had with her. Her ability to understand the needs of a client and match that with the right candidate is impressive. Her interactions are personalised and supportive, Donna is an absolute pleasure to work with.

Tim Ryan, CEO, MS Society

Donna matched my skills to a senior position in the healthcare IT sector and pulled me into the recruitment process with full engagement from day one. By staying on top throughout, Donna got me into my perfect job making a difference to me and my family and I'll always be grateful!

Dr Patrick Lester, Clinical Safety Manager, LumiraDx

We've been working with Donna almost since Trail began. She's placed some of our most trusted team members. It's rare to meet a consultant who can understand nuanced transferable skills whilst appreciating cultural fit - Donna is just brilliant at finding the right person for the job. She is now the only recruiter we use and I recommend her freely to other startups on a weekly basis!

Joe Cripps, MD, Trail

Donna is a smart and operative recruiter. She can spot talented people no matter the professional background or experience. This is what most IT recruiters lack of. She knows how to properly describe and defend your project in order to accomplish a needed hire, no matter field (design, systems, development).

Javier Mellado, Software Engineer, FanDuel

Donna rang me 3 minutes after I sent my application and she followed me through the whole process, I got the job and still she kept in touch asking how was the job going. She takes so much pride in what she does so obviously the results are excellent! She also makes me laugh, it's a pleasure to even just chat to her.

Annalisa Bazzi, DevOps Team Lead, Inivata

Donna helped me secure a new role, throughout the recruitment process I found Donna to be open, honest, and responsive providing constant feedback on progress. Most importantly Donna took the time to get to know me, my aspirations and thus ensure I was the right candidate in the right organisation prompting a win-win for both. Recommend Donna 100%.

Lincoln West, CISO, Bridgestone

Highly recommend Donna. Found her to be honest, respectful and very proactive in keeping me in the loop. She continued to and stay in touch after placement, which is not a common quality and was very much appreciated.

Glen Blundell, CIO, Workskil

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Supporting growth businesses with sourcing and retention of their most valuable assets.

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