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.
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Sophie Manning: Associate Partner
Sophie is a Nuclear Consultant specialising in Environmental Permitting, Regulations and Nuclear Site License Compliance. Sophie has supported technical nuclear projects and undertaken project management throughout her career. Sophie’s experience includes supporting Nuclear New Build (NNB) clients (including Small Module Reactor’s) with permitting, regulation and licensing, as well as working on nuclear waste management and decommissioning projects. Key clients Sophie has worked with include the two largest Nuclear New Build projects in the UK – Sizewell C and Hinkley Point C. Sophie is currently working towards becoming a Registered Environmental Practitioner with the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment. Sophie’s experience is underpinned by a strong academic background with a BEng in Energy Engineering from the University of East Anglia. Her experience at university also gives her the communication, teamwork, project management, research, professional writing, and technical skills to be a valuable part of the team. Studying a variety of modules expanding further than energy and engineering has provided Sophie with further knowledge of a range of key associated topics, including IT, mathematics, environmental science, and business.
Risel Govender: Associate Partner
Risel specialises in helping consumer goods manufacturers and companies with complex supply networks and processes overcome operational and strategic challenges, and setup future-fit operating models. He has a proven track record in supply chain design, development and optimisation to achieve breakthrough results and harness digital technologies. He also brings hands-on experience in delivering manufacturing excellence in capital-constrained and unionised environments.
Roger Lee-Emery : Associate Partner
Driven and accomplished Director of Operations and Supply Chain with extensive experience
across a range of industry-leading global organisations. A highly strategic and insightful executive
who leads by example to drive continuous improvement, commercial growth, and operational
stability across regional, national, and international operations. Proven track record of delivering
large-scale change initiatives, cost-control initiatives, and highly efficient business operations to
significantly and sustainably impact multiple business areas. Champions optimisation of resources
and opportunities, with a strong focus on staff development and the development of talented and
Jane Gilham: Associate Partner
A new Associate Partner joins the D M Integration and Horses4Change team. As an experienced business person who is passionate about people, understands how they drive business performance and most importantly what they need to thrive, Jane was responsible for the development and implementation of a leading edge People Development step as part of an IBP implementation based upon the latest thinking 6-Step DMi model. Her experience of integrating people/talent development, emotional/social intelligence and organisational wellness is absolutely world class. She has now set up her own business Awareness Coaching and HR (www.awarenesscoachinghr.com) offering tailored specialised services for nurturing growth for individuals, teams, and businesses, and DMI are delighted to have Jane join our Team.
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
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.
Andrew Walley: Associate Partner
An experienced consultant who has worked in a variety of sectors, primarily but not exclusively in the engineering, manufacturing and supply chain industry. Within the manufacturing sector his experience is diverse, ranging from the production of construction materials to the bespoke manufacture of printing machinery and volume manufacture of heating, ventilation and air conditioning products.
Prior to working independently Andrew spent over five years with a consultancy firm primarily working with businesses to define their business requirements prior to them sourcing IT solutions. This process ensured that the best fit solution was acquired by the clients and that any additional works were highlighted and included within the implementation plan.
Andrew also assisted clients in the selection of professional services partners in the fields of infrastructure and systems development. In addition to providing this advice he has helped many clients by providing support and guidance in the implementation of their chosen solution. From this work Andrew has first-hand experience of working with many of the major ERP vendors including EPICOR, IFS, INFOR and Microsoft.
By bringing years of ERP project management experience into the implementation Andrew works with the client and the vendor to ensure that the whole project moves forward successfully.
In all environments Andrew is able to communicate well across all levels, from working with operators on the line, or administrators at their work stations through to discussing business objectives with Chairmen and Chief Executives.
Andrew’s background in manufacturing and engineering, together with his experience of process design, system selection, and implementation, leaves him ideally placed to understand the business and process improvement needs of clients, and to assess the capability of available systems in the context of the business environment.
The combination of his experience and strong communication skills means that Andrew is very effective when interviewing clients about their day to day business processes. This lends itself well to producing comprehensive requirements reports for the client.
Andrew’s awareness of the many ERP solutions available, and as a user of one in a manufacturing environment, means that he has a close understanding as to what our clients require from these solutions.
Dilshan Ranasinghe: Associate Partner
Dilshan has a range of outstanding qualifications:- PHD. MBCS and BSc Applied Computing. He is also a certified SCOR Assessor.
I met Dilshan when he was the Programme Lead at BAT Sri Lanka and then again in BAT Pakistan when he lead the very successful Class A programmes at those BAT OpCo’s. I later again worked with him at BAT in South Korea.
Since leaving BAT to set up his own Consulting and Education company, Affari Advisory and Consulting, based in Sri Lanka and operating in in South Eats Asia and continuing to consult with more that 25 BAT OpCo’s he has worked to support companies with the development of IBP/S&OP, ERP, Supply Chain and Demand Management.
Dilshan is an outstanding consultant and educator who I have known for more than 20 years. It is very exciting to have him as a DMi Associate Partner who will be able to support our South East Asia clients.