Management Board Advisor
Almi Décor retail stores
From November 2013
Assignment lean transformation
November 2013 to present Almi Décor retail stores
Review of operations and strategy, develop lean transformation
60 premium stores in furniture, furnishings and gifts. High end retailer loosing market
position of top premium home décor market.
Review entire business operations and set new strategic direction based on lean
transformation principles. Report delivered and restructuring process in progress.
A. Blikle Poland
September 2012 - October 2013
A. Blikle Poland, Warsaw
Full P&L responsibility. 240 FT, 30 PT employees.
Responsible for business stabilisation & growth in lean retail, franchising and lean
production of four sub-units. Distressed company; falling sales, high fixed costs, no lean
management process nor people engagement. Lack of operational strategic direction.
Created 'Lean Champion Value Stream Pillars' senior management team from food and automotive, Delfi, Lear, Danone, Tchibo, Balsen, Heinz and Toyota. Focus on member
development and succession planning, Quality standards & certification, lean tools &
principles optimisation of production, logistics, maintenance, new product design, voice of customer focus.
Key task; transform large premium brand business from intense financial and management
crisis, to sustainable business growth with corporate governance in place.
Operational Excellence Director
Impactive Business Consulting
February 2012 - October 2012
Responsible for new business in Operational Excellence and lean management projects.
Business development, programme development, coaching and delivery. Clients in production environment. Lean office, lean accounting, lean manufacturing.
May 2011 - January 2012
Responsible for business development in professional service firm to mid-market private
business owners. With strong emphasis on cross-selling and initiating to offer stage.
Particular development in Lean production management, continuous improvement in manufacturing to a wide number of international & Polish companies.
January 2006 - May 2007
Responsible for restructuring, preparation and entry onto London stock exchange.
Acquisition of numerous portals. Change management coordinator with QXL Ricardo
main investor. Task to transform allegro during intense shareholder conflict as a
home grown business into a world class regional portal player, with full corporate
governance in place.
Gnosis Business Services
January 2005 - April 2011
Major assignments below:
Project Development Director
Toyota Motor Manufacturing
April 2005 - March 2009
United Kingdom, Burnston
Personally responsible, major project assigned by CEO of Toyota UK, for development and lead implementation of "World Class Team leadership
Development" programme for two production plants including procurement and support offices. 5,500 participants from 12,000 employees. Design, develop and
coordinate trainers and senior management in world class people development within a lean environment. Programme included all Team Leaders and senior
Largest single initiative in developing members at Toyota UK. Significant impact on being the Plant of Choice and Great Place to work as defined by TMUK mission.
Significant coordination of 'value stream' with key suppliers ; Johnson
Controls, Wabco, Futaba Industrial.
May 2002 - November 2004
Euromark owner of Campus and Alpinus outdoor brands. Responsible for restructuring,
turnaround and preparation for stock exchange in Warsaw, Poland. Develop design team and Far East procurement and manufacture, develop distribution in retail, agency-franchise
outlets and web sales.
Senior Executive Partner
People Partnering PLC
January 2000 - March 2002
Strategic HR business advisory consultancy in Poland. Business development, design and delivery of leadership and lean management programmes.
Travel and self-development in leadership
January 1999 - December 1999
P&0 Trans European Logistics Ltd
October 1997 - November 1998
Later part of the Kuhne & Nagel group. P&O was a significant player in CEE during my work
period. Warehousing and distribution in central Poland. The company needed significant
growth in transportation and warehousing services which was accomplished through large
scale long term contracts with numerous clients.
Group Manager for due diligence
February 1996 - September 1997
Formerly Cooper & Lybrand. Brought in to develop and manage the due diligence team across Poland. Major acquisition work on Heinz Pudliszki and similar clients.
Completion of three ACCA exams November 1995 to February 1996
April 1994 - October 1995
Largest world-wide PR agency. Responsible for Poland. 4 direct reports. 46 heads.
Reporting in UK, US and Polish GAAP to Country Manager in Poland and CFO in London.
A.J. CARTER & CO
October 1989 - March 1994
United Kingdom, Oxford
Chartered accounting practice. Accounting practice. Audit and preparation of financial
statements and tax work.
Proprietor Business Development
Oxford Language and Academy Centre
June 1984 - September 1989
OLAC United Kingdom, Oxford
English as a foreign language company for foreign students. Creation, development of multi-site operation.
Qualifications & Certifications
ILM Institute of Leadership & management
Open University Business School
University of Sussex