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Director & Business Excellence Coach

Steve is a principled leader and coach with over three decades of experience leading high-performance teams. He has a passion for developing people and organisations to fulfil their potential and specialises in creating sustainable transformation. 


Steve spent 31 years at News Corporation, in a variety of leadership roles, and ultimately continuous improvement leader within the company's newspaper manufacturing division, "Newsprinters Ltd". Steve helped to shape and implement the organisation's operational excellence strategy and played an instrumental role in its prestigious Shingo Prize win, making Newsprinters the first company in the UK to be awarded the highest accolade for enterprise excellence. 


Steve went on to undertake the role of operational excellence leader at pharmaceutical manufacturer Consort Medical, where he was responsible for inspiring a culture that held enterprise excellence at its core across five manufacturing sites within Europe and the UK. Since launching The Lean Orange in 2017, Steve has continued working with pharmaceutical organisations worldwide, coaching and supporting them to implement technical, cultural and process improvements using a systematic approach to reach the best solutions.

As an enterprise excellence coach, Steve has worked with multi-sector manufacturing and service organisations across Europe, as well as in China, India, North Africa, the Middle East, Australia, Ireland, the USA and the UK, offering the guidance required to pinpoint their challenges and create effective solutions – ultimately building a platform for long-term success.

Briefly describe what you do

I work with organisations and individuals to rethink how they do what they do, focusing on adding value to their customers, suppliers and employees by taking a long-term and sustainable approach to business performance. 

Why do you do what you do?

I love learning something new every day and for me the best way to retain this learning is to share it with someone else and then watch it evolve as they take it on, add to it, experiment with it and become curious with it. The results are inspiring and never cease to amaze.


Who are you outside of work?

When I am not working, (which my wife says is not very often), I enjoy the wonders of nature and the simple pleasure the environment can bring, whether that's walking Jeremy along the beach or across the countryside. I can often be found just pottering around on my allotment or in the garden, and of course, I love football - until the results come in, and then and sometimes I hate football. I dabble with playing the saxophone (but only when my neighbours are out) and can be partial to the odd gin & tonic after a busy day.

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