Non-Executive Director / Board Advisor / Mentor / Coach


Big Business Experience

Ilford Imaging

IIS, Switzerland (Oji Paper)

Small Business Experience

James Robertshaw.

Goodlife Foods


Alan provides chair, non-executive director, mentoring, coaching and team development services to SMEs and large companies from a range of sectors, including manufacturing, construction and professional services.

Prior to becoming self-employed in 2007 he led large multi-site manufacturing operations with facilities in UK, Europe and USA.  His early career was in scientific and technical disciplines before moving into operations, within which he had extensive exposure to lean methodologies.

Alan is a proven and transformational leader.  He has an encouraging, constructive and inclusive style which enables a positive culture and focus on the key factors for business development and growth.


  • BSc Honours, MSc & PhD Chemistry
  • Diploma, Executive and Business Coaching
  • Belbin team roles and AstonOD team effectiveness qualifications

Key Areas of Expertise

  • Non-executive chair and director in the SME and charity sectors
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Team development
  • Employee engagement
  • Leadership of international multi-site manufacturing operations
  • Lean manufacturing and process improvement
  • Project and programme management
  • Strategy development
  • Facilitation and workshops


  • Non-executive chair and director
  • Chair of charity supporting education in Kenya
  • Strategy development
  • Mentor and coach
  • Team development
  • Chair group of consultants, interims, non-execs, project managers, coaches
  • Projects and workshops in process improvement, cost reduction, stock optimization
  • 40 SMEs contributed to effective SME lead teams project
  • Guest Lecturer Salford University & MMU
  • Project quality management workshops
  • New product time to market reduction
  • Project quality management workshops
  • Associate, Manufacturing Advisory Service, supporting SME manufacturers with process improvement, training programmes, reviews.
  • Design and facilitation of a business simulation
  • Due diligence
  • Employed career in technical and operations, finally as Group Operations Director with responsibilities in UK, Europe & USA. 18 months as ex-pat in Switzerland

Personal values

Safety first

Valued employees provide excellent service to customers

Always add value for the customer

Speak with data/ what gets measured gets done

Honesty and integrity

Always be constructive and supportive

There is no such word as can’t