John Darlington – Head of Department, The Buckingham Lean Enterprise Unit (BLEU)

    John Darlington is also the founder and managing director of Value Flow Consulting Limited, a UK based management consulting firm working with clients around the world. Value Flow helps customers improve their performance by using a combination of lean principles and constraint management.

    John worked for AlliedSignal Turbochargers from 1986 – 1999. During this time, he held a variety of roles including Finance Director and IT Manager of the Original Equipment site and Operations Director of the Turbocharger European Aftermarket. A Director of AlliedSignal Limited John qualified as a Lean and Six Sigma Expert through Renault Institute and in Constraint based management with Goldratt Institute.

    As Kaizen Director of United Engineering Forgings, the largest independent forging and machining group in the UK, John led the systematic introduction of Lean manufacturing across the 6 U.K. sites with particular emphasis on practical application to improve bottom line performance.

    His recent work has been on building the business case for lean with lead time compression at the heart of the subject. He combines application with teaching and became Director of the MSc in Lean Enterprise for the University of Buckingham in 2015. He teaches the modules on mapping, demand management, capacity planning & scheduling and has developed Flow Accounting. He was appointed Visiting Professor of Practice at The University of Wales, Newport Business School in June 2011.

    John has been a regular guest speaker at various conferences and events including APICS, and SAPICS where he won the Toyota Prize for Best New Idea.

    Title: Capacity and Flow in Lean Manufacturing



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