David has been applying and researching lean since 1990. He manages activities at the Lean Enterprise Academy and helps firms making a lean transformation. He has worked with Daniel Jones since 1997. During that time he has been involved in both pioneering research into lean thinking and the practical implementation of lean practice.
He has walked, mapped, taught and coached lean in over 500 value streams across almost every conceivable environment – from manufacturing to service sectors in businesses such as steel production, vehicle and component assembly, FMCG, retailing, banking and financial services.
He spent over 3 Â½ years as the Porsche Verbessrungs Process Manager (PVP â€“ Porsche Improvement Process) at Porsche Cars GB and carried out work to develop lean in aftersales, used car processing and parts operations as well as conducting a number of other business process improvement projects at dealer and national sales company level. His work on lean dealer operations formed the basis for several chapters in James P. Womack and Daniel Jonesâ€™ book, “Lean Solutions” and led to him writing â€œCreating Lean Dealers â€“ the lean route to satisfied customers, productive employees and profitable retailersâ€ with John Kiff (2007.) He helps a growing number of dealers around the world successfully implement lean thinking and practice.
David has an MBA from Cardiff Business School where he specilaised in lean and supply chain management. In 2011 he contributed cases to the updated LEI workbook “Seeing the Whole Value Stream” by Dan Jones and Jim Womack (2011.)