John Rutter Managing Consultant

  • Family time
  • Classic Car Restoration and motorsport
  • Sampling most foods (apart from Cucumber)
  • Walking in The Lake District
  • The challenge of self-building a new home
  • Politics and politicians
  • Gardening
  • Dishonesty
  • Pontificators (see Politicians!)
  • Cucumber!

Summary of relevant experience:

John has a wealth of experience in lean business transformation and operational Improvement – both as an Interim Director and Lean Consultant. He started in consulting in 1996 and has built an excellent reputation as a people centric executive that can get things done, as painlessly as possible. 

He builds excellent and long-lasting relationships with client teams and brings a highly successful approach to running complex programmes, covering board room and C-suite intervention through to shop floor integration.

He started his career in the manufacturing sector and spent time in both engineering and procurement roles. His wealth of experience centres around best practice learning from Japan and he held senior roles for Komatsu and Nissan Motors.

At Nissan he was responsible for New Product Development and cost management of procured parts and spent time in Japan working on cost analysis, vehicle tear down and cost reduction activity.

He has taken this considerable experience and applied it in a wide range of industrial and business applications, ranging from Defence and Military through to Healthcare, and from Construction through to Rail industry.

He is trained as a Master Engineer and holds a Six Sigma Black Belt. 

He holds an MSc in Lean Manufacturing and a Diploma in Mechanical and Production Engineering from the University of Durham.

On joining the business it became clear that a new long term strategy was required to steer the business through a turbulent political and economic environment.

We worked with Davie on developing a strategy that both pointed the business on a route that navigated those challenges but also addressed the wider initiatives of our owning group.
We recognised the need for solid building blocks in areas to improve but with a vision flexible enough to take us through a changing environment.
I’m really pleased to say that our business plan is now routed firmly in c2c and supported by our stakeholders as a step change in the operation of the business.

Davies manner is warm and personable, using his vast corporate experience to draw parallels and help focus the planning sessions.

Rob Mullen
Managing Director, Train Operating Company

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