Focus on the Aerospace & Defence Sector for February

The sector is led by Robin Jaques, Partner at S A Partners.

S A Partners are working with a number of high profile companies in the Aerospace & Defence sectors. In particular, we work on Lean Academy and Coaching Programmes. Our experienced consultants deliver the training and coaching, accredited to the Cardiff University Lean Competency System (LCS) and an internationally renowned Leadership offering.

Assessments to the Cardiff University standard are carried out by Dr Toni Whitehead and Dr Donna Samuel.

image of Toni WHiteheadToni is a Business Analyst who provides Research, Analysis & Evaluation and Programme Management services to clients across a number of sectors, although before joining S A Partners she had a career in the UK Ministry of Defence. Her background is in integrated Programme Management, Procurement, Change Management and Supply Chain Management. She has a Masters degree in Lean Supply Chain Management and a PhD in Lean Supply Chains and Regional Economic Development from Cardiff University. Outside of work, Toni has a real passion for Italian Opera, Welsh Rugby, all things ‘environmental’ and the great outdoors.

Donna SamuelDonna is also a Business Analyst, who heads the S A Partners Lean Academy. She is currently working with a number of high profile clients in the Retail and Defence sectors. Donna started her career in manufacturing but quickly moved into the higher education sector where she accumulated over twenty years of graduate and post graduate teaching. She has considerable research experience in the areas of lean, business and process improvement, purchasing and supply chain management. Donna has a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) and doctorate. Her PhD study focused on the range of factors impacting on the diffusion (or spread) of lean in the UK over the past three decades. She has recently published a paper (Link to paper if we have it) in a high ranking UK academic journal based on her PhD study’s literature review. Outside of work, Donna’s main hobby is music – she is one half of duo and performs regularly in local venues.

In 2015, ‘Cardiff University has broken into the “Golden Triangle” of Oxford, Cambridge and London, and confirmed its place as a world-leading university’. Source: Cardiff University Web Site.

Our Lean Academy programmes develop internal capabilities within clients using an experiential learning-by-doing (LBD) approach, to help them sustain Lean and continuous Improvement (CI) programmes themselves. Donna and Toni are accredited to carry out to mentor and/or complete formal portfolio assessments against LCS Levels 1a (Lean Awareness) to 3 (Strategic).

image of the Cardiff university logo and girl holding an Lean Competency Certificate with S A Partners on it


Why not find out more about the Aerospace and Defence sector, or contact Robin Jaques.