S A PARTNERS - Key Persons


Ailsa Carson

Job Titles:
  • Group Marketing & Events Manager
  • Partner - Group Marketing & Events Manager
Send any queries you have to Chris via the form below, and he will get back to you. Ailsa is Group Marketing & Events Manager, and is responsible for the development and delivery of our global events programme which includes the Enterprise Excellence Masterclass; our Shingo Workshops; the Onsite Insights visit programme and the Lean Forum. Ailsa also manages our marketing and communications activities across the UK, Europe, North America and Australia. Prior to joining S A Partners, Ailsa ran the government funded Inside UK Enterprise programme; and was a senior consultant at a leading international consultancy company. She was a guest lecturer at Auckland University and has spoken regularly at manufacturing conferences and exhibitions on the topics of ‘Best Practice' and ‘World Class Manufacturing'.

Alex Everitt

Job Titles:
  • Consultant
Alex works in the offer development team, bringing our products to life with his expertise in digital innovations. Alex works in our Enterprise Excellence team, coordinating the conversion of results and data into a software package for our customers, of which they communicate out to their organisation. Alex has designed a range of publications for clients to use within their Enterprise Excellence programmes and also contributed to the companies award winning publications The Essence of Excellence and TPM: A Foundation of Operational Excellence. Prior to joining S A Partners in 2016, Alex graduated with a BA (Hons) Degree in Film & Video at the University of South Wales.

Alex Teoh

Job Titles:
  • Principle Consultant
Alex Teoh joined SA Partners in 2011 and attached to its Australian office. Since joining, he has supported wide spectrum of key customers from many sectors such as manufacturing, life science, aerospace, agricultural, utilities and health across Asia Pacific region. As a leading expert in lean, six sigma and total productive maintenance, Alex conducts gap assessment, advises leadership in strategy deployment and assists in value stream improvement and problem-solving projects. He is a key trainer for many certified learning programmes offer by SA Academy. Alex is passionate about enterprise excellence where right combination and interaction of leadership behaviours, strategy and skill drive superior outcomes. He is a strong advocate of sustainable improvement and employee engagement. As a certified Shingo Institute facilitator, he teaches Shingo Prior to joining, he works in engine assembly plant, footwear and automobile industry. He speaks English, Mandarin, Indonesian, and Malay. Alex like to spend his free time enjoying the sea, beach and mountains.

Andy Brunskill

Job Titles:
  • Partner
Send any queries you have to Steve via the form below, and he will get back to you. Andy is a Partner and specialises in the development and deployment of Operational Excellence Programmes.

Andy Miles

Job Titles:
  • Senior Associate
Andy is highly accomplished professional with extensive experience in achieving enterprise excellence and resolving time pressured turnaround situations. He has over 20 years' experience in LeanSigma designing and delivering rapid tactical improvements and transformation programmes for SMEs and multi-nationals across a wide variety of industries. His passion is for helping the teams doing the day job unlock their potential and that of their business to achieve sustained improvement. A lot of his time is spent coaching leadership teams and building the foundations to enable the operational teams to achieve enterprise excellence. He is an expert in strategy deployment, team building and enterprise excellence. Andy has a fellowship in Manufacturing Management from Cranfield University. Andy is one of our Senior Associates and supports customers with coaching, leadership and Lean Sigma programmes

Arturo Caraveo

Job Titles:
  • Senior Consultant
  • Senior Consultant in Continuous Improvement Lean & Culture Change
  • Senior Consultant With Our US Division
Arturo is a Senior Consultant with our US Division. He has worked in over eight countries in a wide range of sectors including electronics, automotive, medical, food processing, logistics, plastic moulding and telecommunications. He is an industrial engineer with hands on experience in improving performance in both production lines and service organisations. His experience in delivering continuous improvement programmes and fluency in both English and Spanish ensures he can support our clients across the globe. Arturo is passionate about coaching and employee engagement. He has worked with many senior leadership teams at a range of companies on culture change programmes. Arturo is currently supporting clients in North and South America as well as Puerto Rico. He is leading a range of transformation projects on Leader Standard Work; Tiered Management; Problem Solving; Total Productive Maintenance (TPM); and problem solving. Based in El Paso, Texas, Arturo enjoys camping, swimming, reading and supporting his local community.

Brad Jeavons

Job Titles:
  • Consultant
Brian's major passion is delivery of "Competitiveness through Operations" for clients and customers. Brad has been working with SA Partners for over 5 years. He is a qualified Lean Coach and has brought his experience to bare in many organisations delivering sustainable change programs and Leadership development. He has extensive experience as an Organisation Improvement Leader helping people reach their potential. He thrives on helping social and environmentally focused organisations achieve excellence and ultimately help their customers, society and the environment. Brad believes that an excellence journey conducted in the right manner will bring an organisation comprehensive results including profit, environmental gains and social benefits. Brad has worked with many organisations and industries, including government, retail, packaging, supply chain, manufacturers, medical and social. Brad has a passion for helping organisations take a Lean and Green journey towards embracing a Circular Economy. He generates greater outcomes for the organisation, their employees and their customers.

Brian Golden

Job Titles:
  • Consultant
Using his expertise in Lean, OpEx and Change Management and over 25 years of experience working in manufacturing, his goal is to deliver a result that has a real and measurable impact on the performance of a customer's business. Brian has spent over 15 years working with multinational organizations in Engineering, Projects, Operations and Plant Management. He has managed plants in Ireland, Poland and the U.S. Drawing on his direct industry experience, Brian commenced a career in helping others achieve competitiveness in their manufacturing operations. Over the course of his 12-year consultancy career he has worked with small family businesses through to large blue chip companies across multiple industry sectors in numerous countries. He has qualifications in Engineering, Finance and Training.

Brian Hatter

Job Titles:
  • Consultant
Over the course of his 35-year career, Brian has served in a multitude of senior leadership roles primarily within two companies Textron and Ingersoll Rand.

Bruce Dorey

Job Titles:
  • Consultant
  • Principal
  • Senior Coach and Leadership Consultant
Bruce is a senior coach and leadership consultant with extensive experience in OKR planning and deployment. Having developed his OKR skills he has combined these with his coach development skills to enable him to support clients develop their internal capability for long term success. He is passionate about helping executives develop and implement OKR to accelerate results and achieve their strategic initiatives. QUALIFICATIONS Senior Executive Fellow, Harvard University, MA PhD Strategy, School of Business, ISM, France Mechanical Engineering, University of Toronto MBA, University of St Thomas, USA Hogan Assessment, The Leadership Circle and OKR Training CAREER HIGHLIGHTS Senior Associate, S A Partners LLP, Michigan US - 1 yr Bruce Dorey Consulting, Principal - +7 yrs SVP Strategy & Implementation - Price Industries, MN 2 yrs SVP Strategy & Corporate Affairs - Daikin Industries 4 yrs Managing Director, Middle East - Daikin Industries, Dubai 5 yrs

Bryan Cutliff

Job Titles:
  • Consultant
Bryan joined SA Partners in June of 2021 as a Senior Consultant and is responsible for overseeing the leadership programs, as well as the healthcare sector, within the company's US subsidiary.

Byron Lear

Job Titles:
  • Consultant
As part of the S A Partners Academy team, Byron supports our clients with training in the Leadership, Lean and Continuous Improvement programmes. Byron is also a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and Master Coach. Prior to joining S A Partners, Byron held senior Continuous Improvement positions in the Aerospace, NanoScience and High Volume Manufacturing Sectors. Byron has led numerous CI programs and projects across multiple sites. His passion is for supporting others develop their problem solving and process improvement skills. Send any queries you have to Chris via the form below, and he will get back to you. As part of the S A Partners Academy team, Byron supports our clients with training in Leadership, Lean and Continuous Improvement.

Christopher Wright

Job Titles:
  • Consultant
Chris has over 25 years experience and is an internationally experienced consultant who supports multi site companies with the deployment of Operational excellence and certified training programmes.

Clare Pryce

Job Titles:
  • Finance Manager
Clare joined S A Partners in 2005 and manages our Finance team. She is responsible for the full financial and management reporting, accounting and business policies and compliance. Clare's team provide the group with accurate and timely information, whilst ensuring robust accounting practices. Clare is a key player in a variety of internal projects whilst also managing both the Finance and HR processes to ensure effective governance of financial statements and employees. Clare is a part CIMA qualified professional who is consistently recognised for maintaining a positive and professional attitude. Clare is a key player in a variety of internal projects whilst also managing both the Finance and HR processes to ensure effective governance of financial statements and employees. Clare is a part CIMA qualified professional who is consistently recognised for maintaining a positive and professional attitude. Clare is our Group Financial Manager supporting our teams globally.

Colin Scott

Job Titles:
  • Partner - President S a Partners Inc
  • President North America
  • President of the US
Colin is the President of the US business - S A Partners Inc. and supports a number of our international clients, at a strategic level, with the development and deployment of Enterprise Excellence programmes.

Conor Dawson

Job Titles:
  • Senior Consultant
Conor is a Senior Consultant with our European Team

Dr Donna Samuel

Job Titles:
  • Head of Lean Academy
Donna is part of the S A Partner Academy team and supports our clients with coaching, mentoring and accredited training programmes.

Dr Fiona Buttrey

Job Titles:
  • Partner
  • Head of Leadership
Fiona is Head of Leadership Programmes and also supports our Shingo Delivery Team. Prior to joining the company in 2018 Fiona spent over 10 years at Vale Group.

Dr Noel Hennessy

Job Titles:
  • Senior Associate
Dr Noel Hennessy is a key part of our Shingo & Operational Excellence team both within Europe and Globally

Dr Toni Whitehead

Job Titles:
  • Consultant
As part of the S A Partner Academy team, Toni Whitehead supports our clients with coaching, mentoring and training. Toni specialises in the development and delivery of our Leadership and Improvem ent Coach programmes and is works closely with the University of Cardiff Lean Competency Centre as an assessor. Prior to joining S A Partners in 2010, Toni had a successful career with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) where she worked across a number of equipment and platform Integrated Project Teams as a Purchasing and Supply Chain Manager and Business Integration Manager. Toni has a Masters Degree in Lean Supply Chain Management and completed her PhD in Regional Economic Development and the investigation of supply chain voids in the Welsh Economy in 2009. Toni is an accredited and certified Senior Practitioner with the Europ ean Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC).

Ed Clements

Job Titles:
  • Senior Associate

Eric Waller

Job Titles:
  • Senior Associate
Eric has 25 years of experience of experience primarily in Aerospace, Renewables, and Automotive

Garry Corbet

Job Titles:
  • Partner
Garry has over 10 years experience working in continuous improvement using Lean principals and has held several senior leadership roles prior to joining SA Partners.

Gary Griffiths

Job Titles:
  • Managing Consultant
  • Partner
  • Senior Partner
Gary is Partner and Managing Consultant and supports multi-site companies around the world with the development and deployment of Enterprise Excellence Programmes, & co-author of Staying Lean: Thriving not just Surviving'

George Potamianakis

Job Titles:
  • Senior Consultant

J Mark Fillingham

Job Titles:
  • Senior Partner
Mark is a Senior Partner and Programme Manager and specialises in coaching and mentoring at an Executive Level.

Jack Worboys

Job Titles:
  • Consultant
As part of the team, Jack is building on his TPM & Management Systems experience as well as bringing technical analysis and process automation skills to the table to help deliver sustainable improvement to our clients.

Jeff Williams

Job Titles:
  • Senior Partner
Jeff has extensive experience across many Sectors, including Financial services and Food. Jeff joined S A Partners in 1999 after many years working in industry.

Jim Brydon

Job Titles:
  • Event Manager
Jim joined S A Partners in 2020 as part of our Marketing and Events Team.

Jim Mikulski

Job Titles:
  • Partner
Jim is a Partner and supports clients with Enterprise Excellence, Improvement Skills, Total Productive Manufacturing (TPM), and Change Leadership. Jim's early career included roles as a Manufacturing, Quality, and Project Engineer for Textron, ITT & Frito-Lay. Jim has led a company-wide Enterprise Excellence transformation using a principle-based approach aligned to the Shingo Model and has experience in a wide range of sectors, including Aerospace, Chemicals, Plastics, Medical Devices, Industrials, and Semi-conductors. He has trained and coached over 1,700 people in Lean Six Sigma and certified 340 Green Belts, Black Belts & Lean Masters. Jim is a Partner in our US Team supporting clients with Enterprise Excellence, Improvement Skills, Total Productive Manufacturing (TPM), and Change Leadership.

John Miller

Job Titles:
  • Consultant

John Quirke

Job Titles:
  • Head
  • Senior Partner
John Quirke is a Senior Partner and Head of the Life Sciences & Health Sector, he also supports both the US and European Business Development Team.

Jordan Squire

Job Titles:
  • Creative Projects Manager
Jordan is responsible for the Groups social media and also the development of our creative assets.

Juliette Packham

Job Titles:
  • Partner
  • Consultant With
Juliette has been a consultant with S A Partners since 2005, prior to this she enjoyed a successful career within the Automotive Industry.

Keivan Zokaei

Job Titles:
  • Partner
Keivan is a lean thinking expert, consultant and a published author. Keivan regularly advises C-suite executives at global companies and has led transformation projects in Service, FMCG and Manufacturing industries working with organisations such as ASSA ABLOY, Welsh Water, Wartsila, Unilever, Marks & Spencer, TESCO, WalMart, MARS, Sainsbury's, Scottish Government, and Imperial Tobacco. He is a winner of the prestigious Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award and has over 15 years experience at the cutting edge of lean thinking. Prior to joining S A Partners, Keivan was a Director at the Lean Enterprise Research Centre, he is a regular keynote speaker and has been invited to contribute to research for the Guardian, BBC and Huffington Post.

Kenneth Wisinski

Job Titles:
  • Partner
Ken is a Partner supporting our clients with their Enterprise Excellence programmes; Shingo Training; TPM and Continuous Improvement training. After obtaining an Engineering degree from Kettering University (founded as General Motors Institute), Ken joined the Toyota Product Engineering group in North America. As a Program Management expert, Jim has run global projects with $30M budgets and $100M annual revenue targets. He is a Project Management Professional (PMP)®, Professional Scrum Master (PSM I), and Professional Scrum Product Owner (PSPO I). As a Six Sigma Black Belt and Lean practitioner, Ken is continuously looking for ways to improve every system.

Kevin Phelan

Job Titles:
  • Senior Consultant
Kevin is a Senior Consultant with our European operations

Laura Davies

Job Titles:
  • Senior Finance Associate

Lee King

Job Titles:
  • Business Support & Finance Co - Ordinator
A key member of the S A Partners dynamic Finance Team, Lee joined S A Partners in 2005 as an Administration Assistant, and now performs the role of Senior Finance Officer. She has a financial background with over 25 years banking experience and has risen to her present position during her 15 years within S A Partners. Her main roles revolve around Client Invoicing and Credit Control/Debt Management. These duties involve forging strong relationships with both clients and colleagues to ensure timely and accurate invoicing in a professional manner. This, together with ensuring minimum risk of bad debt and proactively managing the debtor's ledger assists in maximising cashflow for the Business. She is team player who fully supports the Business through proactive management and services requests to a high standard. She exhibits strict compliance of financial processes and the delivery of customer service. She is a grandmother to two boys, who keep her busy on weekends, enjoys long walks in the Welsh countryside (weather permitting), and is a competent Baker, providing the Team with welcomed treats on Birthdays in the Office.

Lisa Taylor

Job Titles:
  • Business Analyst
Lisa is a Business Analyst within our Central Finance Team

Lorcan Carroll

Job Titles:
  • Associate
  • Consultant
Lorcan is an Associate Consultant within our European team supporting companies with Shingo; Lean, Six Sigma and Opex

Manuel Baerga

Job Titles:
  • Coach
  • Consultant
Manuel is a successful coach who has worked extensively with top tier companies to develop enterprise strategies that deliver quantifiable results.

Maria Penaloza Coupland

Job Titles:
  • Consultant
Maria works as a Consultant within our US team covering South America. She has extensive experience in the public and private sectors where she has helped develop leaders create engagement with their teams.

Martin Reese

Job Titles:
  • Digital Services Manager
Martin has worked in a disparate array of sectors which has included government, tourism, retail, manufacturing and construction, helping them meet the challenges and differing requirements and targets from their on-line presence and digital services.

Mat Jackson

Job Titles:
  • Senior Consultant
  • Senior Consultant Within the UK
Mat is a Senior Consultant within the UK and European Team supporting clients with strategy development and deployment.

Matthew Scott

Job Titles:
  • Project Manager
  • Senior Project Manager
Matthew is a Senior Project Manager in our US Team. Matthew supports the US team and our clients develop and deliver multi-site project delivery plans. Motivated, goal-orientated, hardworking, coupled with a detailed, systemic approach that enables me to manage projects effectively. Most recently Matthew developed a unique project management tool for SA Partners - tying in A3 and Prince II methodology. He has also Project Managed the successful implementation of a new Heath & Safety approach - which has reduced accidents to zero and delivered a culture of Safety 1st. Other projects that Mat has delivered include the proposal writing process where he reduced time to quote from 3 weeks to 5 working days. He also re-engineered the sales back office of a £150m turnover business, reducing waste activities to a minimum Matthew is a fully qualified and experienced Prince 2 practitioner specializing in: A3 Project Management / A3 Problem Solving; Project Management; Value Stream Mapping; and Problem solving system design and deployment. Matthew works in our US Team supporting project management and delivery.

Megan James

Job Titles:
  • Business Development Manager
I joined S A Partners bringing a commercial background in business development, account management, marketing and business operations to the team. Following 5 years building and managing global Lean and Six Sigma events, I've focused my career within Lean and Process Improvement consulting.

Michelle Hlywa

Job Titles:
  • Consultant
  • Consultant and Executive Coach
Michelle is an experienced Consultant and Executive Coach. She has a stellar record of strategizing and spearheading high-level change in culture, operations, and processes to boost productivity and exceed expectations.

Nick Davis

Job Titles:
  • Associate
  • Associate With
Nick is an Associate with S A Partners and supports our customers on their Business Transformation programmes. He is a Certified Lean Sigma Master Black Belt, Chartered Engineer and Fellow in Manufacturing Management with over 30 years of operational & consulting experience within a wide range of industry sectors. Nick truly believes in knowledge transfer delivered through practical training and real-world coaching.

Peter Willmott

Job Titles:
  • Associate
  • Partner
  • Associate Partner / Associate Partner
Peter is an Associate Partner of S A Partners and is a Chartered Engineer and has a B.Tech (Hons) in Production Engineering and is a renowned authority on the application of Total Productive Maintenance in the western world and is the author of two books on the subject.

Phil Spooner

Job Titles:
  • Partner
  • Sector Head for Process Industries
Phil is Sector Head for Process Industries and specialises in the development and deployment of Enterprise Excellence Programmes across multi-site organisations.

Richard Lynch

Job Titles:
  • Senior Partner
Richard has over 15 years experience working with clients across the retail and distribution sectors. He has also worked in Automotive, Food, Financial Service, Engineering and the Public Sector.

Richard Young

Job Titles:
  • Partner
He has over 20 years experience working in Global Multinationals at a senior level. Richard is regarded by his clients as a great motivator, his enthusiasm and experience are a great asset to any program of work.

Rick Guba

Job Titles:
  • Senior Consultant
Richard is a Senior Consultant, a Shingo Facilitator and Leadership Consultant with our US Division Rick Guba is a Senior Consultant at S A Partners, part of our SHINGO delivery team and a Professor at The Ohio State University teaching at the Fisher College of business. He came to Fisher in 2016 after retiring from General Electric co where he worked for 35 years. While he worked for the General Electric Company, he held multiple manufacturing and design positions in multiple locations. His most recent role was to manage Lean development and transformation in the 87 Aviation division global facilities. These facilities included new make component manufacturing, assembly, and engine test and overhaul operations. At The Ohio State University Fisher Business college, Guba serves as a faculty of the Master of Business Operational Excellence degree program. In addition to teaching in the MBOE program he coached students from Tinker Air Force Base, GE, Tennessee Government, State of Missouri and more. In recent years, Rick is the president of U.S.I Consulting Ltd where he has privately consulted with private and publicly held companies and organizations. Rick is currently working with SAPartners to deliver Shingo training module classes. Rick has extensive experience in Six Sigma, Lean methodology, change management, teaming, leadership development and manufacturing management. His experience includes problem solving in traditional manufacturing applications as well as Transactional application (HR, Engineering, IT, Billing, finance). He has developed the Lean Leader development program for the Aviation division that is reshaping leadership in the GE organizations today. Areas of Expertise Shingo

Robin Jaques

Job Titles:
  • Senior Partner
He joined S A Partners in 2000 and supports customers globally within a range of sectors including Manufacturing; Retail; Aerospace, Defence and Distribution.  His passion is for developing sustainable Enterprise Excellence programmes and understanding how companies can connect and engage with their employees.

Roger Solomon

Job Titles:
  • Consultant

Simon Grogan - Managing Director

Job Titles:
  • Managing Director
Simon upports a number of our international clients at a strategic level, with the development and deployment of Enterprise Excellence programmes. He is also a mentor and coach to a range of senior industry leaders, supporting them to develop their leadership skills.

Sonja Allen

Job Titles:
  • Consultant
Sonja is a Consultant & part of our Learning & Development Team, she is also a Soundwave Master Practitioner

Steve Baker

Job Titles:
  • Senior Associate
Steve is one of our Senior Partners and works with our customers on the development and deployment of Lean transformation programmes.

Thom Keehan

Job Titles:
  • Consultant

Tom Finn

Job Titles:
  • Consultant
Tom holds a Masters in Lean Enterprise Excellence (Lean Black Belt), a BSc in Quality Management and Technology from IT Sligo, BEng in Mechatronics from IT Sligo.