S A Partners was established over 20 years ago and is a consulting, training and coaching business with a global reach. S A Partners strives to help organizations create better, easier and sustainable journeys toward enterprise excellence. Professor Peter Hines, a multiple winner of the Shingo Research Award, leads the organization. Several organizations supported by S A Partners have received Shingo recognition including Vale UK, and most recently the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. S A Partners supports a wide range of sectors including food and drink, manufacturing engineering, pharmaceutical, medical device, retail, distribution, financial services, mining, defense and utility industries. S A Partners has six fully certified Shingo Institute facilitators.
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North America, Europe, Asia, Middle East, Asia Pacific, Australia
Food & Drink, Manufacturing, Pharmaceutical & Medical Device, Retail & Distribution, Utilities, Higher Education, Public Sector, Healthcare, Financial Services
Founder S A Partners Australia/NZ
Chris Butterworth is founder of S A Partners Australia and New Zealand, a Shingo Master Trainer, and Shingo examiner. He has had many years of experience operating at senior management levels in multinational organizations such as JCB, Jaguar, ABB, and Corus. Mr. Butterworth is a winner of the Best New Speaker of the Year Award for “The Executive Connection”, and in 2019 he was honored with two Shingo Publication Awards for the widely acclaimed books, 4+1- Embedding a Culture of Continuous Improvement and The Essence of Excellence. Mr. Butterworth has also edited a book for the Shingo Institute entitled Enterprise Alignment and Results.
Fiona Buttrey earned a materials engineering doctorate from Swansea University in South Wales before spending five years in the steel industry. Later she earned an MBA from Cardiff Business School. Progressing through various quality and production management roles at Vale’s Clydach Nickel Refinery, Dr. Buttrey led the continuous improvement program, which resulted in Clydach earning the Shingo Silver Medallion in 2014. Dr. Buttrey became a Shingo Examiner in 2015 and joined S A Partners in 2018. She is passionate about using continuous improvement thinking to transform business performance, guided by the application of the Shingo Model.
Gary Griffiths is a partner, global program manager and recipient of the Shingo Publication Award for a book he co-authored called Staying Lean. He has a background in industrial engineering and over 20 years’ experience in continuous improvement and lean thinking. Combining practice with research throughout his career, Mr. Griffiths earned a master’s degree in 2000 from the University of Wales and is currently studying for a PhD that is focused on the application of lean thinking to improve corporate learning programs and business performance.
Managing Consultant & Director
Simon Grogan joined S A Partners in 2001 following a successful career in the automotive, construction and electronics industries. Mr. Grogan specializes in creating sustainable improvement within organizations, blending his people and process improvements skills. He is comfortable working across a variety of sectors and organization levels, and he mentored a client to the UK's first Shingo Silver Medallion.
Peter Hines has been a recognized leader in lean thinking for the last 20 years, with extensive research, writing, teaching and consulting experience around the world. He is a prize-winning author and recipient of multiple Shingo Publication awards. Professor Hines teaches courses at Cardiff University and is co-founder of its Lean Enterprise Research Center, the world's largest academic research center involved with Lean thinking. At S A Partners, his main work involves helping companies develop sustainable Lean journeys by utilizing the Shingo approach. Through the years, Professor Hines has worked in a wide range of manufacturing and service businesses.
Global Life Science Practice Lead
John Quirke has worked in a variety of sectors including electronics, medical device, pharmaceutical and food. Prior to joining S A Partners, he worked with a number of Blue Chip corporations including J&J and Millipore, with responsibility for Lean Six Sigma implementation across European sites. Mr. Quirke is currently a managing partner for the Irish business and medical device and pharma sectors. With degree studies in chemistry, biology, environmental science and law, Mr. Quirke completed his initial engineering training in Japan with Fujitsu Isotec. He is also a certified master Lean coach with Cardiff University.
Colin Scott oversees the organization’s North America business. Mr. Scott previously worked as a managing director and CEO in the aerospace, automotive and public sectors. He has also worked in food, heavy truck, pharmaceutical, glass, printing and recycling industries. As a master lean coach, Mr. Scott has worked as an apprentice on the shop floor and as a CEO in the board room. His knowledge gained during this journey has enabled him to work with clients at all levels of an organization by using a familiar language of understanding and experience. People-focused and practical with a strategic mindset and outlook, Mr. Scott enjoys seeing the fruits of challenging work and is a firm believer that people have the greatest potential to increase value in a business.
Richard Steel has been with SA Partners for 4 years and is currently the managing consultant for New Zealand operations. He was a director and global consultant of the Kaizen Institute in New Zealand for nine years, has led study missions to Japan, and been featured in several publications. Mr. Steel has worked extensively in the service and government sector, including healthcare and local council operations in addition to food manufacturing, packaging, and industrial products. Mr. Steel started his Lean journey at Unipart DCM – Jaguar in the UK and is currently working extensively in supermarket and supply chain operations. He boasts over 30 years’ experience in Lean experience, having held numerous positions in both New Zealand and the UK.
Alex Teoh is a dedicated Lean professional with 20 years of experience in Lean implementation. Mr. Teoh has coached and consulted multinational companies across both manufacturing and service sectors, including engine assembly, semiconductors, PCB assembly, Tier 1 automobile systems assembly, food processing and packaging, bottling, apparel and footwear manufacturing, and a wide-range of healthcare and logistic services. Mr. Teoh is currently the principal consultant for S A Partners Asia Pacific.
Richard Young has worked with S A Partners for over 10 years and is a certified master Lean coach through the Cardiff University Lean Competency System. With over 20 years in global multinationals, Mr. Young has extensive senior leadership experience in operational leadership and logistics and supply chain, coupled with regional leadership in strategy/change management and Lean. With significant experience in product and service business capability and strategic investment, Mr. Young's ability to deliver improvement and sustainable change have been successfully demonstrated across a range of projects, more recently with Pandrol Australia, ASC and several other service sector clients.