Our team is comprised
of genuinely gifted minds

Shingo prize winning author and international kata expert

Drew Locher

A member of True North Excellence’s faculty of expert trainers since 2014 and is a global expert on Kata and Training Withing Industry (TWI).

A member of True North Excellence’s faculty of expert trainers since 2014 and is a global expert on Kata and Training Withing Industry (TWI). Drew has authored many leading publications and has been the recipient of the Shingo Prize for his two books The Complete Lean Enterprise – Value Stream Mapping for Administrative and Office Processes and Lean Office and Service Simplified.
Associate Consultant

Stuart Mitton

Stuart’s multi-sector experiences spreading over 25 years in lean and production systems development provided him opportunities to work in Aerospace, Formula 1, Pottery and Ceramics, Paper and Print, Plastics, Food and Drink, Construction and Public sector environments.

Stuart’s multi-sector experiences spreading over 25 years in lean and production systems development provided him opportunities to work in Aerospace, Formula 1, Pottery and Ceramics, Paper and Print, Plastics, Food and Drink, Construction and Public sector environments.
This has provided a solid background for leading operational improvements through the entire value stream, in many cases, worldwide – from product design and development, supply chain development, procurement, Logistics, manufacturing, assembly, sales, and after-sales support.
Associate Practitioner

Jenny Davies

Having been a Team GB Commonwealth Games cycling medallist and part of the Team GB ‘Marginal Gains’ philosophy, Jenny has successfully transferred from sports to the world of Operational Excellence.

Having been a Team GB Commonwealth Games cycling medallist and part of the Team GB ‘Marginal Gains’ philosophy, Jenny has successfully transferred from sports to the world of Operational Excellence.
Principal Consultant

Andy Ibbitson

Andy is a seasoned Lean professional who learnt his trade in the automotive industry where he spent 20 years working for Jaguar Landrover as a Senior manager in manufacturing.

Andy is a seasoned Lean professional who learnt his trade in the automotive industry where he spent 20 years working for Jaguar Landrover as a Senior manager in manufacturing. Since leaving JLR in 2009 Andy has continued to apply his knowledge of Lean to help several organisations working in both the public and private sectors. His Lean and consulting industry experience spans Automotive, Health, Rail, Construction, Facilities Management, Mining, Aerospace and the Timber sectors to name but a few. Andy uses his extensive experience to look at the whole system when diagnosing and designing improvement strategies that are applied to improve the key outputs of any system.
Associate Consultant

Carl Tomlinson

Recognised as an expert in operations and supply chain improvement, Carl has built a career helping blue-chip manufacturing businesses carry out successful continuous improvement and lean transformations.

Recognised as an expert in operations and supply chain improvement, Carl has built a career helping blue-chip manufacturing businesses carry out successful continuous improvement and lean transformations. Comfortable working with all levels of an organisation, Carl is exceptionally skilled at sharing his knowledge and leading people through the steps and decisions involved in solving operational problems.
TNE Executive Coach & Mentor

Kevin Robinson

Kevin is the former Asst. General Manager at Toyota’s Hybrid Engine Plant in North Wales and has spent 30 years in manufacturing operations within Toyota Motor manufacturing UK ltd.

Kevin is the former Asst. General Manager at Toyota’s Hybrid Engine Plant in North Wales and has spent 30 years in manufacturing operations within Toyota Motor manufacturing UK ltd.
Armed with a deep knowledge of the Toyota Production System (TPS) and the Toyota Way, Kevin understands the key leadership behaviours essential for delivering operational excellence into any organisation.
He was also instrumental in setting up the Toyota Lean Management Centre (TLMC) delivering best practice education and coaching support for non-competitive organisations.
Joining True North Excellence in 2019 Kevin has continued to support organisations in their pursuit of operational excellence, providing both executive coaching and mentoring services. Additionally, he continues to share his knowledge as an adjunct lecturer with Trinity College, Dublin.
Managing Director, Founder

Jon Tudor

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.

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’.
Programmes Adminstrator

Tom Tudor

Thomas is responsible for data management, research and administration support part-time whilst he is studying science at Leeds University.

Customer Services Manager

Nicola Corcos

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

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
Designer

Adam Murray

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.

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.