Our Journey

How We Formed

Having spent several successful years in the early part of my career in the Automotive, Aerospace and Consulting industries I had become acutely aware of what I believed was a gap in the market for providing high quality management consulting and training at reasonable rates whilst delivering significant value to prospective clients, a combination which many lay claim to but few provide. Taking a long term view and building key strategic relationships with clients has always been a cornerstone of my vision for Spitfire and to this day I believe our track record bears that out.

How We Evolved

In order to deliver our original vision, I recognised that the key to that success would be simply through employing senior people whose skills, beliefs, and values truly matched the niche we had identified. Through the network of contacts I had established in my early career I had already the core of a team (particularly from Nissan and Toyota) who possessed exceptional experience and delivery skills, but as importantly would also fit our company values. In my view consultants and trainers should have an unparalled amount of experience in delivering their subject matter. It is only by having this experience that widely available tools and techniques can be adapted and sustained with different clients in different industry sectors.

Through the creation of the Spitfire Way we have subsequently successfully delivered:

- 521 projects

- For 134 clients

- In 21 industry sectors

- In 34 countries worldwide

Our Vision Going Forward

Our vision over the coming years is to build upon our extremely strong foundations by growing our client and delivery base, deepening our client relationships and leading our field by continually innovating our products and services. We will grow our team whilst maintaining the very high standards we demand, thus creating more capability to service our clients globally.

I am very proud of the significant value the team at Spitfire have delivered for our clients over the last 14 years and am extremely excited by the possibilities that lie before us.

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Testimonials
  • "We were very impressed by the quality of the delivered solution, as well as of professionalism of the consultants, their understanding of our complex internal processes and their commitment to quality and respect of deadlines."

    Global Train Manufacturer
  • "With Spitfire's support we have been able to identify impressive savings and with the tools and coaching they provided we will be able to identify even greater savings. The Spitfire team were impressive from the start, quickly becoming part of the team and working in a structured way."

    Material Planning - Ordering Officer Aerospace Company (UK)
  • "At the end of the project we made quite a few changes to our existing systems. The best outcome is the change to the way we now think within the department whenever we are reviewing even the simplest of procedures, we find ourselves applying the 'lean' way of thinking and continue to make improvements."

    Cytology Manager NHS – Primary Care Trust Hospital
  • "A  number of excellent pieces of work all delivered with professionalism and a good level of outside best practice knowledge shared and transferred. Good cross-functional connections made with the team at all levels and are very well respected and trusted in the organisation…"

    Market-leading provider of steam systems and services
  • "This Programme has revolutionised the way my team delivers its projects. It has enabled personal ownership and commitment from everyone involved. The teams are empowered to remove waste from their own processes and deliver real improvements in a matter of weeks, rather than months."

    Graeme Shaw | Business Process Improvement Leader Global Metro
  • "The Spitfire consultants were very knowledgeable and able to relate complicated techniques to us in language we understood. Their experience and expertise gave us a great leap in understanding."

    BT Manager Leading Energy Saving Group
  • "The real power of the programme is the empowerment and tangible cultural change it delivers in a short time scale. It releases momentum from every level and silo of the organisation, generating immediate impact and identification and eradication of waste. This is worthy of immediate wider application."

    Independent Investment Programme Advisory Group to the Mayor of London
  • "After many months of analysis, planning and effort we have, for the first time, achieved all of our Operational Performance Indicators for defects. This is a great achievement and has been delivered at the same time as working to drastically cut the number of outstanding defects, which have reduced from over 2,000 to about 150 today."

    Highways & Transport Manager Local authority (UK)
  • "An excellent piece of work delivered by knowledgeable and experienced logistics experts. Spitfire's packaging design concepts and Lean Logistics approach not only tackle space constraint issues, they also improve ergonomic handling and part quality. The designs ensure reduced handling of sub-assembled material & parts, and reduce costs."

    Plant Manager, Bremen Major Aircraft Manufacturer
  • "The turnaround of the fleet has been incredible! Spitfire Consultancy have been instrumental in making this happen. We now have the tools and the knowledge to maintain control and continue to meet our future performance challenges."

    Fleet Manager Asset Maintenance Company
  • "A great result, this supplier was one of our biggest concerns in terms of parts supply for the new model and now we're getting parts ahead of the model launch, a very positive outcome, well done…."

    Quality Director Leading Prestigious Car Manufacturer
  • "Spitfire have delivered a strategy that is clear and follows all Lean principles to ensure parts are available when required, all without impacting on production. Stakeholders involved have been impressed by Spitfire's knowledge and approach."

    Head of Supply Chain Logistics Major Aircraft OEM
  • "During development of the project, we recognised the immediate potential and in a joint activity with the original project team, installed the Body Shop Training Centre into a brand new manufacturing plant being built in the U.S.A. to assist us with the very difficult task of new plant hire and skill-up."

    Global Lean Centre Manager Global Vehicle Manufacturer
  • "A stellar performance from a rotating team of consultants achieved all I could have hoped for. A great programme which should be wider applied in my organisation."

    Head of Delivery Global Metro