Trevor Newman and Alex Wilson

Measure what matters - daily management, performance management, problem-solving & ideas generation

Measure what matters – daily management, performance management, problem-solving, ideas generation etc

In a world where the technology is sophisticated and the headcount is lean it is important that we remain focused on the right things. Managing by fact is an absolute must to ensure that we get the most value out of our stretched resources and deliver the performance that affords the shareholders a return on their investments.

Modern manufacturing is a place where we are data rich but having the data and using the data are very different things. When properly applied our data can ensure that we react appropriately when warning signs are materialising, we get to the root cause of the problem instead of treating a symptom, or steer us in the right direction so that we generate action ideas that have genuine payback.

Information X Focus X Action = Results – get any of these 3 elements wrong and the result will not be the one you hoped for!

We will explore how scorecards for every individual when deployed correctly will guarantee results. Factories are truly places where you get what you measure and must have the correct blend of lead and lag KPIs.

This workshop emphasises the importance of active monitoring and measuring of your information, and explores various tools and systems that could be used to embed a culture of proactive performance management within your business.

Trevor Newman

Trevor began his career as a graduate trainee working for Nissan Motor Manufacturing in Sunderland within production control ensuring car components arrived on time and in full without holding the dreaded waste of inventory. Carlsberg UK came next where Trevor led two large distribution sites in London distributing alcoholic products throughout pubs and restaurants. This led to an extensive 14 year career at Coca Cola European Partners in a variety of roles from Operations Manager to European Project Manager to Operations Director for Sidcup, winning Cranfield Best Factory before running the biggest soft drinks factory in Europe, Wakefield, producing enough drinks to supply everyone in the UK within a week’s production! In 2018 Trevor made the switch to AGBarr to lead the Milton Keynes facility on a journey from good to great.

AG Barr are a UK based branded consumer goods business focused on growth. Established over 140 years ago in Scotland, AG Barr are a FTSE 250 business operating across the UK and internationally. At their core, they are a successful branded soft drinks business, building a diverse and differentiated portfolio of great tasting brands that people love.

AG Barr make it their business to understand what their consumers want.  Whether it’s the iconic IRN-BRU, launched in 1901 and still going strong today, their market leading RUBICON fruit and juice drinks, or their pure, clear Scottish spring water STRATHMORE, their brands offer people a choice of great tasting products and bring exciting innovation to the market.

Employing around 1,000 people across 10 UK locations, AG Barr are proud to be a sustainable business that listens to its consumers, builds lasting customer relationships, takes care of their employees, gives something back to their communities and works to minimise their environmental impact. Alex and Trevor work at the Milton Keynes Factory which opened in 2013, has 6 production lines and produces 50% of the company’s volume.

Alex Wilson

Alex began his professional career as a manufacturing apprentice for Unilever ICF where he served for 6 years before studying for a degree in Engineering Design & Innovation at Sheffield Hallam University. 7 years of service followed working for Reckitt Benckiser, evolving from Continuous Improvement Facilitator to Shift Crew Leader and onto Production Manager at their aerosol plant in Derby and auto dishwashing plant in Ladenburg, Germany. A change of company if not scenery followed as Alex exchanged the character of Ladenburg for the hustle and bustle of Henkel’s HQ in Duesseldorf. Alex performed his duties as Produktionsleiter/Betriebsingenieur for their auto dishwashing plant until the end of 2013 when he returned to the UK (with a new, young family in tow). Alex joined AG Barr in early 2014 where he occupies his 3rd position of Continuous Improvement Manager (South).

Alex will be delivering a workshop alongside his colleague Trevor Newman. Alex and Trevor will take the audience on a journey of Clarity, Care, Capability showing how every single person within their site knows their role in achieving the aim of building the capability of the site to ensure repeatable & reliable production processes, which are capable of continually improving. They will truly show you get what you measure and when people own their performance site results are guaranteed.