Dave studied computer science at Sheffield University before entering industry with British Steel at their River Don facility in Sheffield. He now looks back at that time as a defining moment in his career. Having been brought up in a very practical/farming background, he was fascinated by the process of industry, recognising that many of the common sense and practises of farming equally applied to business processes.
Having spent some time in the software industry, where he was involved in the development of planning and scheduling systems, the desire to be involved in the practical process of real business change lead him to join Rolls Royce and Bentley Cars. During his seven years at Rolls Royce he was responsible for the development of manufacturing systems before becoming a prime mover in their supply chain/ERP implementation programme. This eventually lead to one of the Rolls Royce divisions achieving Class A against the Oliver Wight ABCD checklist.
In 1987 Dave left Rolls Royce to set up his own education and consulting company. He specialised in the integration of Planning and Control, Continuous Improvement and Change Management. He now focuses on the implementation of change through strategic alignment of the integrated Business Management process. Extended Supply Chain Management and Global Sales and Operations Planning are the particular expertise of Dave.
He has worked extensively in Asia, Africa, Russia, the Middle east, Europe, the USA, South America and of course the UK in a complete cross section of industries, which include chemical process, food, electronic, tobacco, engineering and automotive. Companies such as CAT, Abbott Laboratories, UCB, British American Tobacco, Philips, Hallmark Cards, TR Fastenings, MARS, JCB, Cadbury Schweppes, Perkins, Pladis, Henkel, Betty’s and Taylors and Akzo Nobel have all been supported by Dave’s unique style of education and consultancy.
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Dave holds a BSc in computer sciences and a MBA from the University of Northern Washington, he is also a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transportation. He has written many published articles on Business Excellence and is extremely sought after as a very entertaining and practical business educator and speaker.
The Power of the Journey
Horse4Change: a member of the DMi Group of Companies - Equine Assisted Development Activities
Horses4Change (H4C) offer Corporate Leadership and Team Development as well as One to One coaching using their team of horses in a beautiful and peaceful setting here at Lower Hall, Whitchurch, Shropshire, England. Their aim is to use this powerful form of experiential and accelerated learning to help facilitate personal and professional growth and development. H4C workshops offer a combination of classroom, observation, practical exercises with set objectives, coaching and reflection. H4C website: www.horses4change.com
Steve Parr: Senior Associate Partner
Steve's Bio (Summary)
After 31 years in supply chain management in fmcg working at Northern Foods, LRC Products Ltd, Cadbury and Mondelez, I am excited to say that I have joined with DM Integration so that I can continue my passion to support business teams develop their capability in Integrated Business Planning and Supply Chain Planning. In my time I have managed planning, manufacturing, manufacturing services, led the Manufacturing and Planning process team in global SAP implementations, designed and implemented inventory optimisation, been a lead IBP educator and coach in a global IBP rollout, and process owner for supply and materials planning.
Steve's Bio (in detail)
Steve graduated with a BSc in Electrical Engineering from Southampton University, but instead of going into a traditional engineering career he instead started with Northern Foods at Elkes Biscuits, where he quickly moved into planning and scheduling before making the switch to production management.
Working at LRC Products Ltd, an early achiever of Class A in the fmcg/cpg world, was an eye opening revelation in how an educated and well trained team with a well managed MRPII and S&OP process could be so much more effective. Afterwards he joined Cadbury Schweppes, initially in IT as an operational manager that understood IT to implement MRP and production planning systems in the UK. Within 3 years this quickly evolved into leading a team for planning, then planning and manufacturing, to design a global SAP template and implement SAP R/3 and APO across the Cadbury Schweppes world.
In the years that followed the business changed; Schweppes was spun off as a separate business, Cadbury eventually merged with Kraft, and then Kraft split itself into Kraft Foods and Mondelez. Throughout that journey Steve continued in a global supply chain best practice role, training and coaching the application of planning processes and systems, improving inventory management and applying inventory optimisation techniques. In later years Mondelez started on its own IBP journey, and Steve stepped into the small global team that trained and coached the regional and business unit teams in IBP and the necessary supporting tactical planning processes. Steve’s final role before leaving Mondelez was as the global process owner for supply and materials planning, continuing that thread of working to develop planning capability across the global business both in the processes and ‘why’ as well as the transactional ‘how’ in the use of SAP APO, ECC, IBP and Logility.
John Biddlecombe: Associate Partner
Working with teams to deliver breakthrough results and operating models that deliver lasting business value. Recognising that whilst the ideas might come from the top; delivering and sustaining performance improvement comes from the whole workforce. Specialties: Transformational change, employee engagement, process improvement, procurement and supply chain transformation, Target Operating Model development, Training and Development.
Benoit Clauss: Associate Partner
Benoit’s key area of expertise is in designing, implementing and operating end-to-end Supply Chain and S&OP/IBP processes.
He has a 25-year experience in international and multi-cultural environment (Europe, MEA, NA/Latam, India, China) in Industrial Products, Food Industry, Life Science & Fast-moving Goods.
Building teamwork, ‘breaking silos’, linking business to operations, driving transformation programmes in complex environment and integrating new digital technologies are examples of his approach to bring Business and Supply Chain to the next level.
Experience: UCB (Pharma), Cargill (Food), Ingersoll Rand (HVAC), Georgia-Pacific/SCA (Paper Industry)
Francesc Guell: Collaborative Associate Partner (Spain)
International experience in business management and innovation, different cultures and environments.
I like to share knowledge and experiences on the topics of innovation, strategic business and management concepts and practices.
I provided support and assistance to companies in industrial sectors as chemistry, pharmaceutical, cosmetics and perfumery, detergents, food and consumption, transportation, equipment, glass, electricity, industrial systems, electronics and others.
Topics are: Innovation and agile innovation processes, operational management and process improvement, knowledge management, change and integrated business management. He has taught courses and workshops on these issues.
Former executive officer and director of international specialty chemicals and pharmaceutical companies.
Matt Sawyer: Data Management
Stephen Unwin: Associate Partner
Stephen is an experienced senior manager and expert in Lean Operations improvement. An adaptable individual offering significant management consultancy experience, strong negotiation skills and a proven ability to implement innovative solutions and optimise resources. An industrial engineer who has led projects to improve efficiency in the manufacturing, construction and services sectors. He is a Six Sigma Black Belt and qualified PRINCE2 Practitioner. He is a practical problem-solver with strong analytical skills who is focused on results. Stephen did a first degree in engineering science with industrial management at the University of Liverpool, then an MSc in advanced manufacturing systems and technology. His career began as a Teaching Associate for Daryl Industries. After a spell as a Lean Engineer with TRW Aeronautical Systems, he joined Johnson Controls Automotive and was appointed Manufacturing and Continuous Improvement Manager. Consultancy clients: • KION Group – Linde Material Handling • Zumtobel – Thorn Lighting • Britax PMG • Norbain • SIG – Interiors • Northgate plc • Rolls-Royce • Low & Bonar • McBride • Chemring • Speedy Hire • AA • ScS • Exponent – BBI Group • Old Mutual – Skandia • Friends Provident International • Allied Healthcare
Steve Wilson: Associate Partner
Since 2003 Steve has worked as an Interim Manager, Subject Matter Expert (Supply Chain) and IBP practitioner with a range of businesses (from small to large blue chip) across various business sectors. During the last 18 years Steve has honed his skills as a Supply Chain Business Transformation leader able to support the full range of E2E supply chain challenges. During this time Steve has been successful in a number of ERP implementations and >10 IBP / S&OP roll outs.
Steve began his career with International Flavours and Fragrances as an Analytical Chemist and over a career of >25 years moved around the global organisation ending up back in the UK as the Site General Manager and a Director of IFF GB Ltd.
Steve sets out to inspire change through coaching and mentoring teams to rise to the challenge and increase performance. As a Chartered Director with the IOD, Steve has always taken a business first approach when developing supply chain transformations and has a strong belief that one size doesn’t fit all – business processes have to support running the business to achieve high levels of customer satisfaction and deliver long term profitable growth to the shareholders.