Toni Whitehead – Programme Management, Business Analyst & Accreditation Services

Toni Whitehead

I have been with S A Partners since 2010. Prior to this I had a successful career with the Ministry of Defence (MoD) where I worked across a number of equipment and platform Integrated Project Teams as a Purchasing and Supply Chain Manager and Business Integration Manager – pulling together Financial, Commercial, Engineering and Supply teams.  Later, I moved into more strategic programme management roles for high profile transformational change projects in both helicopter and ships’ support, working with joint MoD and Industry teams on multi-million pound programmes.  My final MoD role was as an internal continuous improvement consultant.

During a career break between 2005-2009 I successfully completed a research PhD in regional economic development and the investigation of supply chain voids in the Welsh economy.  The key contribution of the study relates to the formulation of a regional economic development strategy for sectors important to the Welsh economy and pilot testing its deployment in three priority sectors.

I have a Masters’ Degree in Lean Supply Chain Management and a Professional Diploma in Purchasing & Supply Chain Management.

First and fore-most I am a ‘completer finisher’ so Programme Management is a passion.  I enjoy volume and variety – so keeping busy, working with different people and clients, on different projects, across different sectors is really interesting and exciting.   I work on the design, delivery, accreditation & certification services on our Lean Academy capability development programmes, with clients all over the world.

I joined S A Partners as the Knowledge Manager.  I have learned new skills and developed through the provision of capability development and accreditation services to multiple sectors/organisations and national cultures, web site development, content management, Editorial Strategy & Planning, Business Development Strategy and Planning, Market Research, Sector business development strategies, digital marketing strategies, HR & Recruitment, IIP, managing our Intellectual Property portfolio, Tender & Bid coordination, the list goes on.

Since joining S A Partners, I have worked with sector teams across our business and clients in the UK, Ireland, mainland Europe, USA, Middle East, China, India and Malaysia.  These are from Automotive, Life Sciences, Food & Drink, Financial Services, Utilities, Recycling & Waste Management.  Generally, I am told that I work hard, am helpful, responsive to customer specific needs, supportive, provide helpful and insightful feedback on assessment and accreditation portfolios that help individuals improve their performance.  I won an award from colleagues at S A Partners in 2016 ‘recognised for outstanding behavior and performance’.  A recent e-mail from a client – recently certified as a Master Lean Coach stated:  ‘Thanks so much for a really enjoyable and beneficial course. I’ve learnt a great deal through both the course and the coursework.  I’ve still a lot to learn but the course has pointed me in the right direction and equipped me with new tools and approaches that I otherwise would not have known about or known how to fully utilise.  Personally I’d like to thank you for your availability and patience in guiding me through this course’.

Programme integration and management.  Communications & Stakeholder management.  Change Management.  Knowledge and application of Lean and systems thinking.

An adaptable one!  Business Analyst, Programme Manager for internal strategic projects and on Lean Academy Programmes with clients, Accreditation & Certification Services for the Lean Competency System.

I live half-way up a mountain on the outskirts of Brecon, Mid Wales.  Quite a wild and weathered environment.  I enjoy gardening on a mountain site, walking in the Brecon Beacons, Canal-sides and Rivers as outdoor hobbies.  Food festivals, such as Abergavenny are a treat.  My husband and I enjoy travelling – mostly to Europe – I love Italy and Andalucia.

I am a massive music fan and listen to a variety of genres – I am passionate about Italian Opera, 70’s punk and Northern Soul!  I am also a ‘business mentor’ to local small businesses.  In 2017 I am the Programme Manager for ‘Crosstober’ – the Cyclocross Festival of races held in Abergavenny – hosted by Abergavenny Road Cycling Club.

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