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The Manufacturing Institute

The Manufacturing Institute (TMI) is an independent charity organized 21 years ago to inspire, educate and improve manufacturing. Its story is about hard work, innovation, nurturing talent, sharing experiences and passionately supporting manufacturing. Over the last two decades TMI has educated over 50,000 manufacturers in best practice; worked in over 10,000 manufacturing companies across the world; and achieved over £1 billion of quality, cost and delivery impacts. TMI has a reputation for trail blazing new ideas to support manufacturing, and has helped multiple organizations achieve Shingo recognition, including the first two sites recognized in Europe - Ultraframe and BAE systems, and the first three full Shingo Prize recipients in Europe - Abbott Vascular, DePuy Synthes and Newsprinters Eurocentral.

TMI's practitioners have worked in manufacturing businesses of all sizes and sectors, driving improvement and delivering results. They know exactly what it takes to successfully introduce and, importantly, sustain any change program, whatever the scale. Its team will give you the tools, insights and confidence to not only strengthen your own capabilities, but also to improve the performance of your business, and help lay the foundations for success for decades to come.

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Certified Facilitators

Adam B Buckley

Adam B Buckley

Principal Consultant

Adam Buckley has more than 15 years of experience within industry, holding senior management positions across manufacturing, service, and the public sector organizations. He now works in a consultative and advisory capacity supporting leaders of international organizations delivering ambitious cultural and operational change programs. Mr. Buckley has an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the Shingo Model™ after leading the team that successfully launched the Shingo Prize in the UK and Europe in 2008. He continues to guide organizations along their journey in achieving Shingo recognition.

George Donaldson

George Donaldson

Leadership & Enterprise Excellence Coach

George Donaldson is head of business improvement at API. An industrial and electrical engineer, Mr. Donaldson specializes in leading teams to deliver sustainable business transformations, with over three decades of experience in facilitating and deploying continuous improvement, reliability engineering, change management, and enterprise excellence transformations. Prior to API, Mr. Donaldson worked at Newsprinters Ltd., where he led the company to earn a 2014 Shingo Prize. Recently, the Lean Management Journal named Mr. Donaldson one of the top three (exemplar) “Lean Top 25” most inspirational individuals in Lean management (2015/16). Mr. Donaldson earned a master’s degree in Lean enterprise (distinction) from the University of Buckingham, a leadership diploma from Queens University, and a Level 4 NVQ in business improvement techniques. 

Stephen Nicoll

Stephen Nicoll

Business Excellence Coach

Steve Nicoll is a principle-based leader with over three decades of experience in manufacturing. He specializes in creating strategies for excellence built on co-creation and coaching people, delivering sustainable business improvement both within manufacturing and supporting services, and developing sustainable Lean business systems to reduce operating costs. His many qualifications include a master’s degree in Lean Enterprise, diplomas in business improvement techniques and operations management, and certification as a Six Sigma Green Belt. Mr. Nicoll has worked with leading pharmaceutical organizations to identify common challenges both internally and externally and facilitating sustainable solutions through connecting organizations through collaboration to accelerating improvement. His work with News UK eventually led to the team becoming the first recipients of the Shingo Prize in the UK (2014).

Julian Winn

Julian Winn

Principal Practitioner

Julian Winn joined The Manufacturing Institute's practitioner team in 2005 from global electronics manufacturer Celestica, and has extensive experience of delivering Shingo Model-based benchmarking assessments. At Celestica, Mr. Winn was senior program manager with European responsibility for delivering a $100-million revenue stream of military and telecoms equipment for customers including BAE Systems, Marconi and Hewlett Packard, and was awarded two corporate quality awards for lean improvement activities. At TMI, Mr. Winn has led significant programs in financial and legal services companies including Cheshire Building Society, Contour Housing and Keoghs, and project managed a 12-week business improvement project at Rolls-Royce Aero Engines in Bristol. He specializes in financial and legal services, aerospace, food and drink, furniture, electrical, clothing, footwear and textiles.