Gary Griffiths

gary griffiths

I have been with S A Partners working as a Lean Consultant since 2001, prior to this I had a successful career working as a Continuous Improvement Manager In the automotive and Teletronics industries I have an Master’s Degree in Business (MBA) which focused on “Continuously Improving the Continuous Improvement System”. I am a Shingo award winner for the publication ‘Staying Lean, Thriving not just Surviving‘ and also a qualified Shingo facilitator and recently worked with Shingo at Utah University developing their “Discover and Excellence” courses.

When it comes to LEAN Thinking I would describe myself as “Pracademic” as I love to research the theory of Continuous Improvement but then, and more importantly for me, working closely with organizations to bring it life and make it work for them. Every organization in different in terms of industry sector, global location and local culture which is the most exciting part of my work – Getting to know people, building long term relationships and making improvement that get results.

When I first joined SA Partners I was a consultant that specialized mainly in the tools and techniques like TPM, Value Stream Mapping and SMED. The best thing about this job is that your development is limitless if you have the drive to stretch improve yourself. I have had a fortunate career working with a range of global blue chip companies which has led me to develop a range of training, coaching, facilitation and leadership skills. I now specialize in Behavioural Change, Leadership. Strategy Deployment, Business Assessments, Learning and Development and Systems Thinking which seems a far cry from the Tools and Techniques guy who started all those years ago.

Since joining SA Partners I have had the privilege of working in over 45 countries and 18 US states in a range of sectors that include food, pharma, automotive, heavy industry, medical health and the military. I have also taught Lean for MBA students at both Cardiff University and the University of South Australia. One of my proudest achievements came in 2009 when working as Global Program Manager for Cogent Power I began writing stories of what we were doing and how each of the seven plants around the world were experiencing varying success with what was essentially the same approach. The stories were presented by myself in a global conference for improvement in Budapest and I won the best speaker prize. This resulted in a publication of the book “Staying Lean” which went on to win the Shingo prize for research and development.

I would say that my key strength is that I can comfortably work on strategic program and system design at boardroom level AND just as comfortably coach and develop frontline teams across all functions to achieve business results.

Today I am a Partner and Managing Consultant which means I manage global lean deployment programs for several multi-national businesses. Inside the business I am head of development of our product offerings working with a small group of internal and external experts to bring our clients new and exciting ways of leading and sustaining continuous improvement.

I have two great teenage kids who I am obviously super proud of as any dad would be. As a welsh-man I love to sing and learned to play guitar (not that well – I can just bash out a couple chords). I have just started up a local band and we play in our local pubs.