Who We Are

S A Partners 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.

Founder & Partners

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Andy Burnskill
Andy Miles
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Fiona Buttrey
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Jeff Williams
John Quirke
Juliette Packham
Kievan Zokaei
Mark Fillingham
Mick Moreton
Phil Spooner
Richard Lynch
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Robin Jaques
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.

This years winners

Pictured below are winners of this years S A Partners awards, which was presented at our 2 day event.

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Winners from left to right: Kate Murphy, Phil Spooner, Lee King, John Quirke, Clare Pryce, Jeff Williams, Alex Everitt