The Lean journey of a UK major highway infrastructure client and its supply chain partner

Join Lean Construction ANZ for a webinar on The Lean journey of a UK major highway infrastructure client and its supply chain partner. The how to guide to Lean success!

In this session we will start with Derek Drysdale, the initial architect and leader of the Highways England(HE)lean initiative take us through the initiation phase within HE, achieving executive backup, early implementation and results. This will be followed by Neal Symmons, the current head of lean at HE, describing what you need to do to evolve and sustain the vision and keep bringing in demonstratable efficiency savings. Finally, the session will hear fromPeter Knowles (Head of Quality, A-One+ Group) taking us through what the journey has been like for one of HE’s major supply chain partners. How do you align with your clients aspirations, make the partnership a success, how do you change the culture in your organisation and ensure your business benefits are achieved.


Peter R Knowles CQP MCQI
Quality, Performance and Lean Deployment Manager
A-one+ (Colas UK)

Peter is a manager experienced in manufacturing, construction and highways maintenance.  He’s skilled in project, process, people, and quality management he consistently delivers targeted business improvement.

  • 15 years experience in the Highway Services Sector; Colas Limited, Position Seconded full time to Colas Joint Venture Co. “A-one+” as Quality, Performance & Lean Deployment Manager
  • 3 Years in Education Sector; Primary schoolteacher
  • 25 Years in Automotive Sector; Motion control equipment manufacturing with Leading Japanese Global Company. Positions held, Manufacturing Manager, Quality Manager, Work Metallurgist.
  • 4 Years Foundry Sector; Lead Alloys Laboratory Technician

Derek Drysdale
Director at Drysdale Lean Construction Consultancy Ltd

Derek is a world recognised thought leader in Lean Construction. He is the Chair of the Lean Construction Institute in the UK and was up to 2018 a Visiting Professor at the School of the Built Environment at Salford University. His career has involved numerous senior executive level positions within large client organisations across roads and highways, railways, nuclear and general construction. He has managed a number of high profile and complex change programs for examplethe highly successful Implementation for the Roads Programme Review (Nichols Review) commissioned for the Secretary of State for Transport in UK.

Neal Symmons
Highways England: Lean Technical Manager

Neal is a highly experienced and disciplined Civil Engineer and Continuous Improvement leader, with a proven track record having worked on and led a variety of multi-million pound major schemes in the United Kingdom and the Middle East.

He has over 10 years’ experience in the deployment of Lean-Sigma in the construction industry gained working for both Contractors, Consultants and large government Clients. His knowledge base covers: Highways; Airfields and airports; Retail and Technology Park design; Residential Layout design; Restaurant and Hotel designs; Large scale agricultural developments; environmental engineering and waste management facilities. Neal is also accredited Black belt in Lean, Six Sigma and TRIZ with major litigation leadership and professional witness experience.

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Apr 15 2021


5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Apr 15 2021
  • Time: 3:30 am - 4:30 am


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