Ian started his lean journey as a micro-biologist running a fermentation plant producing enzymes, where he first began developing lean concepts and principles for application in process industries.
After time out to gain an MBA from Bradford Business School he joined Reckitt & Colman. He led an MRPII project to class "A" status in their pharmaceutical division. He then moved to the house-hold and toiletries division where he was responsible for initiating and implementing a pan-European supply chain strategy based on the lean concept of "every product every interval". He then became Head of Policy Deployment at Colman's of Norwich where substantial increases in sales per employee, market share and profit margins were achieved by applying Lean Thinking across the whole company.
More recently Ian has been working with companies across the world as an independent Lean coach. His approach to applying lean in many types of industries, including chemicals, paints, pharmaceuticals, grocery, food and drinks, is refreshingly different, instructive and entertaining. His book "Breaking Through to Flow" will be published at the end of January 2006.
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