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We recognise that productivity growth is the fundamental driving force for our society, industry and for individual organisations. For decades, we have studied the underlying reasons which determine an organisation’s rate of productivity growth and we are recognised as industry leaders in this field.


Andy Redfern

Leader in operations and project management

I started my career as an engineer for Nuclear Electric and in 2001 co-founded a global operations consultancy.  In the two years prior to founding Chartwell, I was the CEO of Lightning Aerospace and led the company turnaround.  Overall, I have over 19 years’ experience as a consultant to top multi-national businesses.

For me, one of the things I enjoy most about a project is the first few days with a new client. The intensity of study and understanding hidden potential is exhilarating for me and always enlightening for the client.

Adrian Howe

Leader in sustainability

Over my career I have built up a broad range of global consulting and industry experience, most recently as the Production Director at an international consumer goods company.  I have a strong track record in helping companies to achieve profit and performance since I started my consulting career in 1994.

I really enjoy seeing people solve problems that have been there for years, and see them getting recognition from the leadership team. It is great generating real momentum behind a project and having more and more people on site getting involved.

Jake Nelson

Leader in rapid improvement delivery

My career comprises over 12 years’ experience within the manufacturing, industrial and service sectors, where I have lead over 50 improvement programs.  My expertise is in delivering high impact projects within high value industries, particularly those dealing with advanced technologies.

For me, the best part of the job is helping client teams to deliver great results that they never thought would be possible – getting people excited about making the graph go up!

Mike George

Head of our US operations

I have spent more than 14 years working with manufacturing companies ranging in size from $500MM to $15B to help them save tens of millions and drive capital-free, capacity expansion to meet growing demand.  My industry experience includes food & beverage, paper & packaging and healthcare.

I truly enjoy helping clients push past the boundaries of what they believe is possible to achieve. Every project starts with assumptions around performance limitations – I help strip away those assumptions to create new “normal” levels of performance and individual capability.

Ewald Van Ravenswaay

Head of our Swiss and German operations

I have over 10 years’ experience helping clients to achieve breakthrough improvements in operational performance.  My background is in mechanical engineering, and I have worked to keep my industry experience broad, including consumer goods, chemicals, fashion, construction and food.

It’s about enabling our companies and economies to be more competitive. I still get excited when thinking about a project many years ago where a colleague and I reduced the PVC wastage of a client by 250 tons/year - the environmental impact of that is one of the things that motivates me to do this job to this day.

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