Ted Hutchin, PhD is the Managing Director of I & J Munn and Principal of the TOC-Lean
Institute. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, a member of the
Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development and an Industrial Fellow in the University
of Nottingham Business School. Ted is a TOCICO Certified Academic.
He started his working life as a radar engineer with the REME, primarily focused in
maintenance and repair operations (MRO) and quality control. On leaving the Army he spent
three years in the computer industry before joining the EITB as a specialist advisor on IT
and Advanced Manufacturing. He followed this with time at the University of Nottingham in
Production and Inventory Control and then the Open University in the Business School and
the Faculty of Technology. During this time Ted completed a BA (Hons) with the Open
University in Systems, Technology and Economics and an MA in Human Resource Management at
Leicester Polytechnic as it then was, carrying out research into the Management of
Technological Change and Organisational Development.
Ted first met Dr Eli Goldratt in 1987 and by 1990 he was a certified associate of the
Goldratt Institute (UK), working with many different companies both in the UK and Europe,
implementing the Theory of Constraints (TOC) applications of Drum – Buffer – Rope and
Critical Chain Project Management. Indeed he was one of the first to implement CCPM in
Europe, within the construction industry.
During his time with the Institute he was actively involved in the development of the
Thinking Processes and completed his PhD at Cranfield University, examining the application
of TOC within manufacturing with specific focus on the Psychology of Organisational Change
and Organisational Behaviour. Ted has since written four
books focusing on organisational change, leadership and
the impact of the primary barriers to achieving successful change.
As can be seen from his research and writing over the past twenty five years, the dominant
theme has been the management of change and the problems and issues change creates for
people. Ted has a proven ability to guide people in the creation of breakthrough solutions
that get to grip with the core issues of the organisation, the team, and the person's own
life. Using an holistic approach to addressing such issues and developing robust
solutions that move people forward towards their goal in life is central to the work Ted
During many implementations of TOC Ted has met and worked with people who have asked for
help in addressing their own individual problems and issues in achieving their life goals.
This has inspired him to develop the Personal Coaching programme where time is spent on a
one-to-one basis, addressing those core issues that seem to stand in the way of personal
goals and developing breakthrough solutions that overcome whatever the blockage might be.
Outside of his professional life, Ted is a Lay Reader and Evangelist with the Diocese of
Leicester. He enjoys classic car rallies in his 1968 MGC GT with his wife and is a keen
sailor in the Laser class, having taken part in various championships from National,
through European to World Masters, including the Laser World Masters in Melbourne in 1999.
He has played Rugby for Nottingham RFC, and enjoys playing Blues and Folk music and
participating in local musical productions.
Diane Jeary - Office Manager
Diane manages the office administration, invoicing and accounts, designs and produces
company material, maintains the website and organises
training events and she'll usually be the person you speak to when you first contact the
company. She also makes a very tasty buffet lunch on training days!
In her spare time she enjoys swimming, walking in the beautiful Leicestershire countryside
and listening to music - preferably hard rock or prog metal!
Tony Lumb - Associate
Tony has held many significant company positions including Director and General Manager,
Technical director and most recently Managing Director of Toyoda Gosei Fluid Systems. He
holds two Masters degrees from the University of Cambridge - Engineering and Manufacturing
Engineering - and has completed an MBA from Brunel University Management College.
He is a qualified Chartered Mechanical Engineer, a Theory of Constraints Jonah and a member
of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.
During his time at Toyoda Gosei Fluid Systems, Tony introduced substantial operating
performance improvements, making major changes in order to address the wide gap between
operational capabilities and the required level of performance.
He also initiated changes and measures to bring back customer confidence and satisfaction
resulting in the company being a winner of "Britain's Best Factory".
Tony has implemented Lean Manufacturing, TOC Operations, TOC Project Management, and TOC
Supply Chain solutions and has integrated these approaches with other business excellence
techniques including the EFQM Excellence Model.
Tony was a full-time member of the team and a Director from March 2006 to January 2013,
bringing his wide knowledge and experience of manufacturing
within the UK, particularly in automotive supply, where he was operating at levels tier one
and two. Tony has extensive knowledge of both IT systems and TOC flow management
in the Operations, Project and Supply Chain management fields.
Tony is also a visiting lecturer in Critical Chain Project Management for Warwick University.
David Stevens - Associate
David Stevens FRSA, has extensive experience in the manufacturing industry. He began at
grass routes as an apprentice with GEC and then joined Rank Taylor Hobson in 1978. His
career started as an electronics engineer, but soon changed focus to software engineering.
Within a decade he was a worldwide expert in the field of surface metrology and presented
many international papers on the subject. During his 24 years with Rank Taylor Hobson
David gained a Masters research degree in mechatronics, and developed his skills portfolio
to include HR, Health & Safety and quality assurance management.
In 1998 he formed Cooke Optics where he was Managing Director for the next ten years. The
transition pruned an SME from a large, corporate organisation, starting initially with 36
people and £2.5 million turnover. Under David's management the company grew to employ 65
people with a £6.5 million turnover, won a double Queen’s Award for International Trade and
Innovation, became the DTI “UK Exporter of the Year” and transformed from a highly
unionised structure to a company associate culture.
David is a visiting fellow with the Loughborough University Business School and visiting
professor in the Faculty of Technology at De Montfort University. He is currently Pro
Chancellor at De Montfort University where he has also been on the Board of Governors since
John Ashford - Associate
John Ashford has developed extensive expertise in leadership, team and personal development
on the back of a successful first career in marketing to board level. He is now focused on
using this combination of commercial experience and people development expertise on a
freelance basis to help senior executives and their organisations to transfer people’s
potential and learning into tangible bottom line business performance.
John became a Tutor for The Leadership Trust and developed a passion for people
development that led him to join The Trust full time in 1975. As Course Director he worked
with a portfolio of clients including Barclays, M&S Money, British Sugar, Crown Prosecution
Service, DWP, designing and delivering a range of open and tailored leadership, team and
personal development programmes. He also led the development of The Trust's coaching and
mentoring programme and discovered a talent for one-to-one work that he found equally, if
not more, appealing than group facilitation.
To support his considerable experience he is trained as an Assessor for the EMCC Quality
Award, has Diplomas in Performance and Life Coaching, and is an NLP practitioner and TA
trainer. He also has The Diploma in Marketing and an honours degree in Maths.