Dr John Thomas

Industrial Specialist


Dr John R. Thomas has over 30 years' experience in manufacturing management and consultancy and joined IfM Education and Consultancy Services (IfM ECS) in 2009. He has extensive plant management experience, in both small and large companies in a variety of industries including Automotive, Chemicals, Printing and Packaging.


Senior Positions Held

Responsibility for Lean strategy development for a diverse multi-national group of companies in the Packaging industry.


Plant management of a green-field facility in the Medical supplies industry. This facility was considered one of the most advanced facilities of its kind in the world.


Over 25 years plant management experience, in both small and large companies supplying the Automotive industry, working with firms such as Ford, Nissan and Toyota. One plant achieved the Toyota Supplier of the Year Award.


Headed a Technical solutions group for US multi-national 3M.


Academic Experience

Dr Thomas has over 15 years experience as a part-time Lecturer with the Open University where he has taught up to masters Degree level on Project management, Quality management and General management courses. Dr Thomas also lectures on the Swansea University Pre-masters in Business course and in Organic Chemistry for the Biosciences Foundation course.




Ph.D. in Synthetic Organic Chemistry

Honours degree in Chemistry




F.R.S.C., C.Chem., A.I.B.A



For the past 15 years, Dr Thomas has run his own management consultancy specialising in the development and implementation of World Class Manufacturing tools to create sustainable step changes in business performance and profitability.


In his role as an Industrial Specialist at IfM ECS he heads a team that is responsible for developing innovative services to support small and medium-sized companies in Wales. He has also helped companies throughout the UK for IfM ECS.

Contact Details

T: +44 (0) 7900 982524
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