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Colin Allaway

Colin has over 30 years of Operational experience in businesses which range in size from Micro to International Corporates and cover many sectors, including: Manufacturing, Distribution, Horticulture, Retail, Service, Commercial, Not-for-Profit and Social Enterprise. Roles he has held stretch from Manufacturing and Operations Management to senior level, including multinational site experience. He has been responsible for mergers, acquisitions and technology transfers. For the last 20 years Colin has focussed on using Lean and Business Improvement tools to help deliver hands-on knowledge and transfer skills, enabling businesses to achieve sustainable improvements – Colin has endeavoured to introduce these techniques into new areas, such as charities.

Colin’s Specialties

Colin has a passion for developing high quality, repeatable processes and services. He couples this with the efficient use of materials and the best use of the most precious resource – people – to deliver and sustain business objectives. He also has a passion for experiential learning, using work based projects to demonstrate tangible improvement and sustainable models for ongoing activity. His broad Operational knowledge allows him to make a contribution from product and service design, through procurement, into manufacturing and processing, and through warehousing into distribution.

Some of Colin’s projects

Technology Transfer:

The transition of electronics manufacture and test from California and France to England – establishing a centre of excellence in the UK as a core for a medical services multinational business, retaining all regulatory approvals.

Restructuring and Industrialisation:

Colin was part of a senior management team charged with restructuring a Satellite payload project management, assembly and test facility for a global business. The aim was to significantly improve margins and introduce more commercial rigour to bids and project management. Occupancy costs were reduced by 40% and margins were improved. On time project delivery and repeat business was achieved – a first for that division.

Managing Growth:

Colin was part of a team that took a small family owned business of less than a £1m turnover to become a world leader in its Marine field and a £42m subsidiary of a large multinational.

Introducing Lean:

Colin was instrumental in rolling out the deployment of lean tools and techniques in a key supplier within the construction industry, achieving benefits of over £1/2m in the first year.

Charity Sector:

Colin had provided coaching and mentoring for a small mental health charity to help with operational efficiencies and lower running costs, whilst boosting the hands-on experience and value for some of its clients. He has also helped a Children’s charity with critical care and outreach capability to improve its back office functions, providing benefits to both service users, volunteers, and the charity itself