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Eur.Ing. John Cockburn-Evans M.Eng. C.Eng. F.I.Chem.E. (Principal Consultant & Certified Professional Coach)

I am an experienced Operations Expert (25 years) and Management Consultant (5 years), having worked in the process industries. I am a certified Production System Black Belt and Lean Practitioner. I have executed large construction projects, in the UK and abroad. In addition I have lead all sorts of cultural change projects. These have included, changing the physical facilities, to improving process discipline and eliminating physical and transactional waste.

I have also worked in other areas of manufacturing operations, as both an operational leader and consultant, such as process improvement within chemical industries at locations in the UK ECE & EMEA. I have extensive experience in driving cultural change in difficult environments.  In addition to working in industry, I have used these skills in order to contribute to charitable events and organisations.

During my working career I have developed my project management and leadership skills. I now have found an additional outlet to use these and specifically help others with their performance. I became aware of NLP as a coaching and performance enhancement tool. I subsequently embarked on NLP training and certification as an NLP Practitioner. I still wanted to develop my skills further, so I embarked on a formal coaching diploma with iPEC and am now a Certified Professional Coach. I am also an ELI Master Practitioner, certified to deliver the ELI (Energy Leadership Index) Assessment.

I use coaching and consulting skills, combined with extensive operational experience, to facilitate change within individuals, such as they can approach projects /assignments and lead project teams themselves. This will have a positive impact on the project or deployment and thus the bottom line. Every specific assignment can be treated as a project and using the correct tools and project discipline, targets and timelines can be achieved. The ultimate aim is to produce a “Lean” operation with improved operating performance, lower costs where appropriate, a stronger and more sustainable business, with greater value creation for the customers.

I have a detailed knowledge of the tools, metrics, and processes for successful project implementation, and sustainable “Lean” improvement. I consult in the areas of Capital Effectiveness, Operational Excellence, Process Safety Management and Behavioural Safety. All these are key pillars for the development of “Lean” Transformation. I have a unique skill in understanding the key business drivers / needs of the engagement quickly and can react with the appropriate assessments / tools immediately. Each engagement will be treated individually and designed accordingly.

The coaching and consulting guidance will be aimed at new or more experienced project managers and engagement leaders. I can provide coaching and mentoring for key change agents, to keep the up the momentum. Quite often the project leader knows the “What” but not the “How”.

Although there is plenty of material on Project Management, the learning is in the “doing” and the experience. The aim is to “Move away from the Grey”, and get more focused around what is critical for project implementation. Only when this is done, can projects be executed effectively. I can also provide coaching guidance, when things have gone off track. Having the right behaviours throughout the duration of an assignment or project are essential for a project manager or leader.

I can guide / consult in the effective use of these tools and place the leader in a position where the project will be a success. I also have a network of highly qualified associates who can be deployed for larger engagements and where specific unique skills are required.



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P Stanley Associates Ltd is an independent consultancy specialising in providing holistic solutions to manage environmental impacts within organisations. Our aim is to help you achieve a more sustainable business through the use of creative and critical thinking. P Stanley Associates Ltd is run by Philippa Stanley an experienced Environmental Consultant specialising in sustainability and environmental management issues, particularly within the waste management and construction industries. A wide experience of problem solving within small to medium sized companies throughout the UK. Specialities include, Environmental Auditing, Combined Quality, safety and environmental audits, ISO14001 implementation, ISO14001 auditing, Combined ISO14001, OHSAS 18001, ISO9001 audits


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Pearl is a Digital Strategy Consultant proficient in all forms of online marketing, digital communication channels and digital media. She has produced social media and communications campaigns from the initial policy and strategy creation through to campaign delivery for B2B, SME and large corporations. Aureate specialise in all forms of social media from design and implementation of strategy through to campaign delivery as well as eLearning platforms and CMS web design platforms. Pearl has provided social media consultancy for Open University, Jaguar Land Rover, National Grid, FMCG, and Finance, healthcare, sports betting and gaming and disability organisations.

Pearl has a strong entrepreneurial nature and has helped initiate and develop start-up businesses, websites and blogs on a wide variety of areas. Pearl is a natural leader able to motivate those within any team she works with and can present to a room of delegates as easily as converse on a one to one or small group scenario. Pearl can multi task and prioritise to the highest degree. Pearl is enthusiastic and driven with a passion for learning and ensuring she stays informed about the latest marketing and digital techniques.  Pearl achieves high standards in every task she undertakes and consistently exceed any targets that are set. Pearl is a friendly, confident professional; that works well on an individual basis or within a team and feels that she would be a beneficial addition to any company. Pearl can cover interim roles and happily ‘hit the ground running’ with all roles she undertakes. Pearl enjoys this medium and her enthusiasm and passion is contagious and always motivates any team she works with.

Pearl’s project management experience covers both Agile and PRINCE2. Aureate have experience with both agency and in house clients. Working with Government departments Aureate have full Disclosure Scotland and Counter Terrorism Clearance (CTC) valid until 2021.


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