Bill Tiplady

Associate Lead Practitioner

For the past 20 years he has dedicated his career to developing the skills and behaviours required for people in both the manufacturing and service sector to transform and sustain Lean management within their organizations. Bill has gained vast experience in the Automotive, Engineering, Textile, Chemicals, FMCG, Food and Drink, Electronics and Photonics Industry, both in the UK, Europe, China and North America. He is passionate about his local football team, Burnley Football Club (we can’t all be perfect).


Lucy Jackman

Communications Manager

Lucy provides marketing and communications support to the True North team. She helps craft our course materials, blogs and web content. A creative type, Lucy enjoys baking, gardening and renovating her house. She disagrees with Jon’s football allegiance, choosing to support her beloved Liverpool FC instead!


Adam Murray

Design Guru

Adam is responsible for creating the online and printed communications for TNE, a seasoned creative with a happy to help outlook. Driven by passion to create and design I’m a keen photographer and geeky dad with a appetite for sci-fi and an avid 2000ad reader for 40 years. Happy in my work while secretly wishing for the zombie apocalypse.


Nicola Corcos

Programme Manager

Nicola is the original ‘Mrs C’ who started with True North in 2014. With over 20 years administration and management experience her role is support all delegates and suppliers with the information they require.


Jo Corfield

Programme Manager

Jo is responsible for the smooth running of all best practice learning involving suppliers and host sites. Jo started with True North Excellence in 2015, previously in education and training roles including The Manufacturing Institute.


Thomas Tudor

Programmes Adminstrator

Thomas is responsible for data management, research and administration support part-time. Presently completing his A-Levels his interests are football and playing wide receiver for the Manchester Titans.


Becca Foreshaw

Events Executive

Rebecca is responsible for managing the successful delivery of events and supporting the programme managers in ensuring customer satisfaction is exceeded.


Carl Tomlinson

Associate Practitioner

Carl is a season operations and supply chain improvement expert who takes a whole system approach to solving challenging problems by supporting teams and people through the decision making steps through facilitation and coaching. Having lead lean transformations over the past 20 years, Carl has proved himself a trusted adviser and mentor at all levels of business transformation.


Jon Tudor

Managing Director

Jon founded True North Excellence in 2013 after a decade of management and leadership roles at The Manufacturer/Lean Management Journal, Manufacturing Institute, Shingo Prize and Manufacturing Advisory Service. Passions are Leadership, CI, MUFC, walking the dog in the lakes and anything sci-fi. Regrets not naming his son Tiberius.  Favourite quote – ‘You never fail until you stop trying’.


Lee Harris

Non-Executive Director

Lee has spent the last 20 years growing businesses by formulating strong Sales Strategies and implementing Robust Sales Processes that are then carefully monitored to maintain the desired pace of growth.

Lee has chaired several events for the Manufacturing Advisory Service around the themes of Lean, Business Development, Thriving in a challenging economic climate and Sales & Marketing.

A keen sportsman having practised Taekwondo for over 25 years and brings to his business life the tenets and disciplines of the art including; Integrity, perseverance and indomitable spirit.