Ian Pratt | Senior Consultant
Ian is a hands-on business optimisation practitioner who has 30 years of solid experience applying improvement methods across all elements of an organisation and within a wide range of industry sectors and business functions.
Ian has been directly responsible for the development of continuous improvement cultures. His deep and broad understanding of business context combined with his systematic approach to root cause analysis enables him to optimise the value stream achieving reduced process waste, inventory reduction and improved consistency.
Ian’s strengths are demonstrated in his ability to re-engineer complex cross-functional processes to eliminate all forms of waste, automate process steps and develop people to have a broader understanding of the business environment. His ability to quickly engage stakeholders and adapt to new environments eliminates barriers to change.
Ian thrives in complex and challenging environments where hands-on analysis and change are combined with coaching and mentoring others at all levels to engage in and help sustain the change.
With his extensive knowledge, qualifications (MBA, Bachelor in Operations and Logistics Management and Associate Diploma in Production Engineering, TQM Facilitator, Six Sigma Black Belt) and experience, Ian can work with, support, coach and mentor employees at all levels of an organisation. Ian successfully develops improvement strategies with senior executives, cascades them to managers, and facilitates execution with all employees. Ian’s style, flexibility and communication skills, create the positive and disciplined environments required to deliver success.
Operations leadership and transformation
Lean management, process analysis and optimisation, root cause analysis
Program/project and change management, engaging stakeholders in change
Training, coaching and mentoring
Consulting – Lean Six Sigma and Change Management
Assisting clients to improve the performance of their business through lean six sigma analysis, process automation, improved operations management and employee development. Transitioning poor performing teams into high performance teams, and providing coaching and support to staff in a hands-on practical manner. Delivering savings averaging 800% ROI.
SA Sawmilling – Site Manager
High-level expertise in operations management and value chain analysis applied to successfully transform a loss-making timber mill into a profitable mill. Providing coaching and development to team leaders and team members to eliminate all forms of waste, create consistency in processes and improve process measurement. Created alignment through the value chain to reduce inventory, improve quality and improve customer focus.
Red Cross Blood Service – Transformational Change Manager
Operations management and supply chain expertise required establishing a 160 seat high performing contact centre widely recognised for a strong customer focused culture. Used lean six sigma to analyse the performance of all inbound and outbound activities, reducing waste and improving donor experience.
Developed business strategy to align blood collection with demand and coaching others to run lean six sigma continuous improvement projects to support the strategy reducing waste blood products by 60%.