Tessa Baring CBE - Patron and Former Chair of St Michael's
"Sadly, we report the death of Tessa Baring," writes St Michael's Director Sue Pettigrew OBE.
"We have so much to thank her for; she was intimately involved in the growth of St Michael’s from a single project to a number of services, and with the development of a management structure.
"Tessa became involved in St Michael’s in 1974 and finally retired in 2007. During that time mostly as a trustee and Chair of the Board she negotiated with what was the DfE on the development of ‘special projects’ which led to our partnership with L&Q (London & Quadrant Housing Trust) and the opening of a property in Herne Hill for families.
She helped in the negotiations to have residential family assessment centres appropriately registered under the Care Standards Act instead of the Registered Homes Act. She successfully supported us with fundraising and she brought to the charity a wider understanding of the voluntary sector and its role because of the various positions she took on outside St Michael’s."