In 1989, Teresa launched Kennedy Scott on the back of a contract from BP Group Training International to deliver IT and Business Admin training. For 30 years, she was the CEO of Kennedy Scott, founded to support people to achieve their potential and progress in their careers and lives and this remains central to the organisation today. Launched at the outset of outsourced Employment services in the UK, Kennedy Scott has evolved and grown , developing an excellent reputation for supporting those most marginalised in our society into work. Gaining numerous awards and accolades, Kennedy Scott is one of the country’s leading authorities on Employability and supporting disabled people into sustainable careers, topping the National SES League Table and finalists for Disability Provider of 2017 and 2018 - ERSA awards.
Teresa’s passion and drive for excellence and innovation through teamwork, whilst keeping the customer at the heart of all they do informed the innovative Circle of Support© model, which was the subject of a fact-finding visit by DWP Strategy Department in 2017. Teresa’s complementary experience covered Vice Chair and Chair of the ERSA Media, Policy and Communications forum, involved in developing a media engagement strategy for ERSA striving to project a positive image of W2W against tabloid negativity.
As a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a Fellow of the Institute of Employability Professionals, Teresa offers strategic guidance to Boards and the IEP on future growth and development opportunities. In 2016 Teresa was bestowed a Fellow of the IEP; awarded Business Woman of the Year at the Network SHE awards, and recognised by Industry Lead Body, ERSA, when she was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award.
In January 2018, Teresa was awarded an OBE for services to Entrepreneurship and Employability in the Queens New Years honours list.