ValueAdding Learning - John Thomas

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We are very pleased that John is bringing his expertise in the fields of Lean, 5S, Value Stream Mapping and best manufacturing practice to ValueAdding Learning.

John is an Industrial Fellow of the University of Cambridge and a member of the Education and Consultancy Services team at the Institute for Manufacturing there that is responsible for developing innovative services to support manufacturing industries. Throughout his highly successful career he has been instrumental in introducing state-of-the-art skills and techniques in diverse industries, working for and with some of the best companies in the world.

His consultancy and training work specialises in the development and implementation of World Class techniques aimed at creating sustainable step changes in business performance and profitability.

His knowledge and unique selling point comes from the fact that he has “been there and done that” and his presentation and working style contain many examples of best and worst practice, all designed to illustrate how things can be done and to motivate people to improve.

Dr John R. Thomas

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Dr John R. Thomas has over 30 years' experience in manufacturing management and consultancy and lives in Swansea. He has extensive plant management experience, in both small and large companies in a variety of industries including Automotive, Chemicals, Printing and Packaging.

Senior Positions Held
Responsibility for Lean strategy development for a diverse multi-national group of companies in the Packaging industry.
Plant management of a green-field facility in the Medical supplies industry. This facility was considered one of the most advanced facilities of its kind in the world.
Over 25 years plant management experience, in both small and large companies supplying the Automotive industry, working with firms such as Ford, Nissan and Toyota. One plant achieved the Toyota Supplier of the Year Award.
Headed a Technical solutions group for US multi-national 3M.

Academic Experience
Dr Thomas has over 15 years’ experience as a part-time Lecturer with the Open University where he has taught up to master’s Degree level on Project management, Quality management and General management courses. Dr Thomas also lectures on the Swansea University Pre-master’s in Business course and in Organic Chemistry for the Biosciences Foundation course.

Academic Qualifications
Ph.D. in Synthetic Organic Chemistry
Honours degree in Chemistry

Professional Qualifications
F.R.S.C., C.Chem., A.I.B.A

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