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Tessiant was founded in Feburary 2020 by three partners with extensive previous careers in industry, recruitment and management consultancy:  Anna Barsby (Retail CIO), Matt Neale (Headhunter) and Alex Ball (Consultant). Inspired by our own challenging experiences of leading and resourcing transformation, we combined our perspectives and expertise into one offering that is ‘consulting reimagined’.  We are practitioners who help retail and consumer leaders succeed through advice, strategy and execution. We offer a mix of senior advisory, transformation and procurement capabilities with the ability to rapidly deploy teams to support or turnaround critical change programmes. We have evolved our offer considerably since 2020, adding a Senior Industry Advisor (SIA) offering in 2021, meaning we can utilise the UK’s most senior retail professionals in our projects. 2021 also saw Stuart Smith (ex. COO Morrisons & Tesco) join our leadership team, expanding our capability into supply chain and operations.

Our USP is the deep industry knowledge and breadth of skills we offer through our mix of employed and associate consultants, being able to deploy a range of skills from a junior business analyst, through to an ex-CEO. We believe that there is nothing more valuable in providing individuals and teams that have genuinely ‘been there and done that’. This has enabled us to provide clients with real industry relevant expertise in a pragmatic way, offering lean solutions that have delivered dynamic results with sustainable and scalable outcomes. And at the same time, use teams who strongly empathise with clients.

Key Personnel

  • Matt Neale (Managing Partner)
  • Alex Ball (Managing Partner)
  • Anna Barsby (Managing Partner)
  • Stuart Smith (Managing Partner)

UK Office Locations

  • Leamington Spa

Consultancy Service

  • Digital Transformation
  • Transformation Strategy
  • Transformation Delivery
  • Procurement
  • People & Culture
  • Change Management
  • Senior Advisory

Industry Sectors

  • UK Financial Sector
  • UK Retail Sector
  • UK Charity Sector
  • UK Public Sector
  • UK Healthcare

MCA Firm Representatives

Alex Ball
MCA Council Representative

Alex Ball is Managing Partner at Tessiant and sits on the MCA Council

Contact Information


16A The Parade
Leamington Spa
CV32 4DW