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Chris Turner, Senior Consultant

Chris has over 30 years of hands-on experience in the continuous process improvement field. His primary focus has been on the application of lean manufacturing principles across a broad range and size of the business organizations in the UK, USA and Canada. He is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.

He is an expert in the training and hands-on application of lean manufacturing and six sigma methodology i.e. Strategy Deployment (Hoshin Kanri), Value Stream Mapping, 5S, Visual Management, SMED, Continuous Flow, Pull Systems, Standard work, Kaizen, TPM and DMAIC/DMADV.

He attended the University of Wales, graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He later made the transition into Industrial Engineering.

Chris began his consulting career and utilized his Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering knowledge and experience to help companies to improve their business processes.

One of his first projects was with a first tier supplier to Nissan Motor Manufacturing (NMUK).  Visiting Nissan exposed him to the concept and practice of “Just in Time” and this was the beginning of his lean manufacturing journey.

Chris was involved in another project working with Rover and Honda, who were collaborating on a new car model. He worked and interacted with the Rover and Honda engineers, which further increased his knowledge of “Just in Time” or lean manufacturing practices.

In 1996, Chris and his wife Jodine moved to the USA. Since arriving in the US Chris has held positions with some top management consulting firms.

  • Over the years, Chris has been on the cutting edge of the design and development of educational programs. He was one of the team members that designed and developed the Lean Certification Program for the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME).
  • 2005 - 2010, he accepted a consulting assignment with the USAF. He trained and mentored civilian and military personnel in the application of lean manufacturing and six sigma methodologies. Three of the improvement teams he worked with, went on to receive the Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence.
  • 2010 – 2013, he worked on several lean improvement projects with the Canadian Ministry of Health.
  • 2014 – 2016, he worked with Carestream Health and supported and facilitated their improvement teams through Value Stream Mapping, 5S, SMED, Problem Solving FMEA, DMAIC (Six Sigma) and Metrics Dashboard design and development.
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