Who we are & how we do it

Established in 1993, S A Partners is a leading global provider of consulting and training services for Enterprise Excellence, Lean and Continuous Improvement. With a Head Office near Cardiff, UK, and established businesses in Ireland, Australia and the USA, we are dedicated to helping organisations around the world improve their performance by working to Lean principles. The S A Partners brand promise, ‘Together the Power to Improve’, embodies our collaborative working approach towards delivering organisational results for your business.

It was established in 1993 by Prof. Peter Hines whilst he was still active in the Lean Enterprise Research Centre (LERC) at Cardiff University. His role as Director of LERC enabled him to network with many highly influential figures in the burgeoning lean community of the time, and to participate in a number of highly innovative and leading-edge research programmes. The foundation of S A Partners allowed Peter to build on this and play an active and practical role in working directly with businesses and their sustainable lean journeys.

What’s in a name?
Why S A Partners and not PH Consulting? Peter set the business up with the explicit intention of making it a legacy business – owned by the people who work in the business. The business was thus established as a partnership and has developed a succession planning process that ensures there is always a healthy supply of partners operating in the business. Why S A? Originally SA Partners worked for large inward investors across the UK, these investors often identified key issues in their supply chain so Peter set about developing Supplier Associations to improve this service – hence S A Partners.

Improvement is experiential – to understand it you have to experience it. The S A Partners consultancy business enabled him to ‘go native’ and explore and understand lean practice in detail and in depth. It continues to do so to this day.


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Andy Burnskill
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Fiona Buttrey
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Jeff Williams
John Quirke
Juliette Packham
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Mark Fillingham
Mick Moreton
Phil Spooner
Robin Jaques
Richard Lynch
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Simon Grogan
Steve Baker

In addition to our Chairman and Partners, we also have a number of expert Consulting Associates, our Accreditation Services specialists for the Cardiff University Lean Competency System (LCS) and Continued Professional Development (CPD), and our Support Services team for Marketing & Digital Services, Events Management and Financial Accounts.

Transform your organisation

We transform organisations though a blend of our consulting skill and structured offerings. [View more…]

Assess – We assess your current situation and build structured roadmaps for your improvement journey. Whether you’re in a reactive phase, a proactive phase or an excellence phase.

Solve – To help solve your complex issues we have experienced practitioners who can lead change and act as full time or part time members of your management team.

Train – We run structured training programmes accredited by universities and supported by partner companies. This enables your front line, middle leaders and senior managers to work the best they can.

Coach – Part of the training delivery is also to coach the application under that new knowledge in the workplace. Our qualified coaches can work with you to help make your business better.

Transform Model

UK & Europe

S A Partners LLP, Y Borth, 13 Beddau Way, Castlegate Business Park, Caerphilly CF83 2AX, United Kingdom

Email: info@sapartners.com
Tel: +44 (0)2920 881014
Fax: +44 (0)2920 888261


S A Partners PTY Ltd, P O Box 1352, Rozelle, NSW 2039

Email: richard.young@sapartners.com

Tel: +61 466 745 018 (mobile)


S A Partners LLP, Talent Garden Dublin, Claremont Avenue Glasnevin, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Email: john.quirke@sapartners.com

Tel: +353 834071848

Fax: +353 (0)1 799 4501

New Zealand

S A Partners Pty Ltd, P O Box 10310, Dominion Road, Auckland 1446

Email: richard.steel@sapartners.com

Tel: +64 (0) 274 515 298 (mobile)


S A Partners USA, DC3S Building, 7205 Sterling Ponds Court, Sterling Heights, Michigan, 48312.

Email: colin.scott@sapartners.com

Tel: +1 734 7568576

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