John Darlington

Programme Director, MSc Lean Enterprise

Value Flow Consulting Ltd

John-DarlingtonJohn Darlington is the founder and Managing Director of Value Flow Consulting Limited, a UK based management consulting firm working with clients around the world. Value Flow helps customers improve performance by using a combination of Lean principles and constraint management.

Career history

John worked for AlliedSignal Turbochargers from 1986–1999. During this time, he held a variety of roles including Financial Director and IT Manager of the Original Equipment site and Plant Manager of the Turbocharger European Aftermarket. A Director of AlliedSignal Limited John qualified as a Lean and Six Sigma Expert through Renault and in Constraint based management with Goldratt Institute.

As Kaizen Director of United Engineering Forgings, the largest independent forging and machining group in the UK, John led the systematic introduction of Lean manufacturing across the 6 UK sites with particular emphasis on practical application to improve bottom line performance.

His recent work has been on building the business case for Lean with lead time compression at the heart of the subject. He combines application with teaching for the University of Buckingham on their MSc in Lean Enterprise course specialising in mapping, capacity planning and scheduling and where he has developed Flow Accounting. He was appointed Visiting Professor of Practice at The University of Wales Newport Business School in June 2011.

John has been a guest speaker at APICS, and SAPICS where he won the Toyota Prize for Best New Idea.

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