Personal profile

Research Interests

Industry life cycles, Systems approaches to complex problems, entrepreneurship and innovation in industrial SMEs

Academic / Professional qualifications

B.SC (Hons) Mechanical Engineering

Masters of Business Administration

Teaching Interests

Systems Thinking

Innovation and Engineering Management

Supply Chain operations

Lean and Six Sigma

Personal Statement

I joined the university in 2011 following a 25-year career in industry, the vast majority of which was in business improvement consultancy. This consultancy practice was built upon my early career in automotive design and manufacture and how I brought together the teaching from my business degree with my frontline experience. I have applied these skills across a number of industries (automotive, electronics, oil & gas, services and public sector) both locally and internationally. 

I am passionate believer in the ability of organisations to make a positive difference in the world by unlocking the potential of the people within and around them and my consulting experience shows this can happen at all scales of business. I greatly enjoy teaching engaged and questioning audiences who want to test the presented ideas in the light of their own experience.

My doctoral research looked at the emergence of a new industry (Offshore Wind Power).  As well as the important findings regarding the different nature of an infrastructure type business to consumer products busineeses, the research provided significant insights into the systemic mechanisms which will be important for energy transition.

I am currently a teaching fellow working in the Department of Design Manufacturing and Engineering Management. I am continuing to develop my Systems Thinking teaching and engaging with industry to support the transition to Net Zero.

Expertise & Capabilities

Has expertise in

  • Systems Thinking
  • Lean Practice and Implementation
  • Six Sigma methodologies
  • Manufacturing Systems

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

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