A professional business leader with over 30 years’ extensive experience, working in diverse organisational environments and across all business disciplines.
I started my career in the automotive industry working for Rolls-Royce & Bentley Motors before joining Nissan Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd (NMUK) in a supplier quality assurance role before becoming one of the pioneering members of the newly formed Supplier Development Team, the first team of its type outside of Japan.
I trained extensively in kaizen and lean manufacturing disciplines in Japan and was responsible for the introduction of Genba Kanri (Workshop Management) philosophy into Nissan’s local supplier group.
I left the automotive sector to help form the Kaizen Institute in the UK where I consulted for 4 years before starting my own consultancy. Since then I have continued to deliver lean practice across a wide range of industry sectors in some of the worlds most renowned companies.
Through my work with organisations such as Mercedes Benz, General Motors, Reckitt & Colman & Geest I have gained a deep knowledge of how best to tailor and deliver business improvement programmes in Engineering, FMCG and Food industries. I have led programmes on single as well as multi-site operations and is well versed in achieving bottom line results using tools such as Lean, Kaizen, and CI best practice methodologies.
I hold an Advanced Diploma in Enterprise Management from the University of Durham and a Diploma in Mechanical and Production Engineering. I am a diverse and practical leader and work with senior leadership teams and staff coaching and training them to be able to perform at their very best.
I moved to New Zealand in 2006 for lifestyle reasons, and have gained significant experience here within the dairy industry where I have been able to utilise my experience.
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Global Projects I have led
Cost reduction of food waste through value chain improvements, Lean manufacturing disciplines across 3 factory sites making prepared meals for Sainsbury’s. Achieved $10m p.a. of food waste through application of lean/value stream improvement across supply and planning functions.
Led Quality Improvement in Astra class assembly plant in Ellesmere Port. Logistics improvement for Astra models in Antwerp, Belgium & Azambuja, Portugal
Led Quality improvement in bodyshop for Astra models in Antwerp, Belgium resolving various weld related surface defects through applied problem solving techniques
Mercedes Benz (Daimler)
Quality Improvement programme to achieve J.D Power rating improvement, Supervisor training & coaching in E Class Plant
Trained operations and engineering teams in quality problem solving and quality improvement of 911 Model body panel fit. Resolved major issue with 911 roof.
Designed and Led Management development programme.
John Smiths Brewery
Introduction of 5s into bottling facility, Quality Improvement of bottling and labelling operations.
Led programmes - Paddy Hopkirk Automotive; Premier Exhausts; Automotive supply organisations.
Leadership Kaizen programme in North East UK manufacturing plants.
Lean Manufacturing in canning operations.
Reckitt & Colman
Lean Manufacturing in High Volume Liquids and Aerosols.
Lean manufacturing to reduce waste across UK food operations.
Value stream improvement to increase capacity and reduce operating cost.