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About John Dee


A passionate and creative 'Lean / Kaizen' expert. He has an outstanding record of measurable, sustainable improvements, implemented in production and transactional environments. Has a wealth of experience and flexibility in identifying true business need, and creating effective tangible change, in all sectors and all sizes of business.

He employs high levels of emotional intelligence and motivational skills to drive the under pinning cultural change, that ensures improvement tools deployed, achieve the maximum business benefit.

What is his background?

John started his career at GKN and following a traditional apprenticeship held various roles including, Process engineer, Quality engineer, Metrologist. and Project Manager. During his time with GKN John patented several new technologies. He managed projects for, aero, process and automotive clients using APQP and PPAP methodologies for this Q1 site.

He later joined Webasto Roof Systems as process improvement co-ordinator and was involved in the re layout of 3 UK sites. After a team trained by John won the Industry Forum showcase challenge (lean implementation competition) at the NEC in 1999 he went on to join:-

S.M.M.T. Industry Forum. John spent twelve months training full time under master kaizen engineer, Ryoji Hirayama-san who was the production and quality analyst for Honda Japan. Leading improvement and team leader training programmes in more than 50 companies, John has worked with clients across automotive, aerospace, defence, agriculture, food processing, building products and educational sectors to name but a few.

In 2013 John Started his own Business DEE Enterprise Excellence Limited to enable him to develop his tools methodologies and approaches further. The core principle of D.E.E. is to 'cut out the waste' That not only applies through the service provided to the customer, but also to the way D.E.E. is run, Its approach to materials, training, and the 'debunking' of overly complex tools. John Delivers the majority of services personally but where scale demands it, he has a network of like minded well trained associates to call upon. This means that DEE cuts out the inventory waste of paying for idle hands, and can keep its customer fees Lean.

What has he done?

Examples from manufacturing environments

  • Delivered Improvement master class activities at more than 70 companies ranging in size from 10 to 3000 staff
  • Enabled, through layout, standardisation and line balance activities, an increase in turnover of £3.2million at a major U.K. trailer manufacturer
  • Secondment to General Motors UK as a "Supplier production readiness engineer" working with Lotus and its suppliers on the VX220 Project. This resulted in an on time 'Job one' and on target launch ramp up
  • Developed an in house Continuous Improvement team for A.B.R.O., (Now DSG) the Ministry of defence's remanufacturing and repair section


Examples from transactional environments

  • Developed transactional maps demonstrating opportunities for quality Cost and Delivery benefits companies including Rolls-Royce Civil
  • Process mapped the 'National Apprenticeship Service' reducing man hours from enquiry to apprentice placement by 16%


Examples from academic environments

  • Eight months with KPMG as a 'World class skills in education' consultant working with colleges universities and Councils to improve their commercial engagement with local business's
  • 12 months at JLR Halewood assisting with the successful introduction of 1,500 apprentices, to the Range Rover Evoque production line in order to support a move from two to three-shift working. This was through training in business improvement, testing knowledge and assessment of competence
  • Delivered Lectures on 'Lean principles' to Fellows of the manufacturing institute, at Cranfield University, and in 'Change management' to students at Cambridge University
  • Established an assessment centre for Industry forum and developed it to achieve 'direct sign off' status with EAL, City and Guilds and ILM, as well as a 'good' OFSTED rating


What are his qualifications?

  • B.Eng Hons Degree in Management of Manufacturing Systems
  • Six Sigma Black belt
  • L&D L4 (Leaning and Development)
  • A1 National assessing qualification
  • V1 Qualified internal verifier
  • NLP Certified neuro linguistic practitioner

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