Anna Barsby, Tessiant

Experienced Leader Award

Anna is one of the UK’s award-winning CIOs, being the first ever female to be ranked number one in the CIO 100, as well as winning ‘CIO of the year’. A people-centered and transformation leader, with core strengths in strategy leadership and digital transformation, alongside a wealth of experience in delivering large-scale change across multiple industries. Previously the CIO at Asda, Halfords and Morrisons, she has significantly improved technology capabilities in organisations and has an outstanding track record of driving major growth for FTSE100, FTSE250 and regulatory organisations at the senior level. Anna is also incredibly passionate about breaking down barriers in tackling gender equality by carving the way for Women in Consulting, IT and Technology.

Now turned female entrepreneur, being in the handful of women to found and run a management consultancy, Tessiant (alongside her two partners), who are enjoying phenomenal growth as a three-year-old startup. Tessiant are practitioners who help retail and consumer leaders succeed through advice, strategy and execution, offering a unique mix of senior advisory, transformation and procurement capabilities. Tessiant has previously been named a finalist and runner-up at the MCA Awards 2022 for Best New Consultancy.

  • As a founder and managing partner of Tessiant, Anna specialises in:
    Defining and embedding strategy, technology, digital and data into organisations.
  • Supporting leaders to build the right operating model, teams and capability.
  • Successfully delivering culture and transformative change.
  • Providing executive coaching to current CIOs and senior leaders.

View the Tessiant profile in the MCA Members Directory.