Anna-Lisa Wesley

Lead Strategist, Areté Lab

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As co-founder of our trusted partner, leading strategy boutique Sapphire and Steel, Anna-Lisa is a Lead Strategist in the Areté Lab.

Anna-Lisa has more than 15 years working with Deloitte, Accenture and Baringa Partners, consulting with the executive teams of some of the UK’s largest banks and insurance companies.


This has given Anna-Lisa first-hand insight into the shape of the 'strategic thinking' challenge. Be it a need to run a more efficient business, reach a new market or deal with massive uncertainty, leaders need to create strategies that solve the problems of both shareholders and customers; that have long term strategic relevance and short term impact; and which take the best of technology and the best of human performance together.


Working with start-ups has revealed the route through. With more than five years spent in start-up advisory including as Entrepreneur in Residence at global InsurTech accelerator Startupbootcamp, as a growth strategy advisor to Series A fast-scaling businesses and as coach to many cohorts of start-up mentors, Anna-Lisa has learned first-hand the features of a winning strategy (and how to create one). In 2018 she co-founded startup advisory firm Sapphire and Steel with Pete Blake.


Anna-Lisa, in partnership with Lead Strategist Pete Blake, has co-designed the bespoke Strategic Thinking & Strategic Leadership product for the Lab, one of the three key leadership development products that clients can experience alongside our core Science solution. 

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