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steveDr Steven Ward MCIOB

Steven has a lifetime of construction experience beginning as an apprentice carpenter, progressing to chartered builder and achieving a doctorate in civil engineering. His research examines critical success factors for the application of lean thinking to the construction sector.

Based in the South West, Steven joined the Bristol based Pearce Group (now ISG) in 1998, where he was encouraged to pursue his interest in lean thinking. In 2004, he joined the BRE’s Construction Lean Improvement Programme, refining his ability to practically apply lean thinking to construction. In 2009 Steve began work for the University of Dundee, leading the Scottish Construction Centre’s lean programme and working as the academic supervisor for a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with a local construction company, in addition to the wider brief of embedding lean thinking within the Scottish Construction Sector.  The three year KTP resulted in a five-fold increase in profit against a static turnover, an “outstanding” classification from the Technology Strategy Board and a best of the best finalist.

He understands the industry at a very practical level and has utilised this knowledge to help many organisations successfully apply lean thinking across a diverse range of construction activity.

A systems thinker, passionate about helping teams and individuals succeed, Steven is leading practitioner of continuous improvement within the construction sector.

Tel. 07917 104399