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About Us

Colin Barr Associates was established in 2001. Our interest is in helping organisations, large and small, improve processes to achieve better performance and customer satisfaction. We employ a variety of techniques in order to achieve these objectives and whilst we are not ‘wedded’ to any particular methodology, Lean, Six Sigma, and Performance Management are some of our core tools.

We work the length and breadth of the UK as well as internationally and have developed a very wide client base in many different business sectors.


Our Associates

Our business model is to work with specially selected, loyal, and trusted Associates. These people are the best in the industry and work as fully experienced independent consultants in their own right. We only partner with people who have achieved real success in their particular business environments. More details are available on each Associate, please just ask.


Colin BarrColin Barr

Colin Barr is a leading provider of business and process improvement services in the UK. Through experienced and pragmatic Project Management he has delivered multi-million pound savings across his customer base.  Colin is the designer of ‘Strategy FocalPoint’ our web based Strategy Deployment and Performance Management Solution.

Recognised as an excellent trainer, literally hundreds of professionals have benefited from Colin’s unique interactive style. He has developed highly practical training methods and materials in Lean, Six Sigma, Change, Performance Management and more. He provides specialist consultancy throughout the UK and has clients in Switzerland, Norway, Hungary, and Croatia.

His previous experience was gained from senior staff level positions in Motorola and DEC. He has an honours degree in Physics.

Graham Forbes, Colin Barr AssociatesGraham Forbes

Graham Forbes is a leading UK consultant in the field of Six Sigma and process improvement. He helps customers realise improved business performance through a combination of training, coaching and hands-on delivery. Graham has taught people from all levels of his client companies, covering Six Sigma and Lean topics and also some 'softer skill' areas such as facilitation and team work. He is an excellent trainer, coach and facilitator with experience in all dimensions of organizational change. Graham brings his extensive experience to bear in a way that is compatible with an organisation’s prevailing culture and behaviours.

Using his skills as a Certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Graham has judged the Six Sigma Awards at the IQPC European Six Sigma Summit.

Simon TrainSimon Train

Simon Train is a software solution architect and developer with over 15 years experience building client applications. He has designed and developed successful software products used by companies such as Microsoft, Cap Gemini, Arup, Warner Bros, Unilever, Siemens and Barr Construction. He has a strong track record of bridging the gap between complex business requirements and simple software solutions.

Simon was the architect and developer for “Strategy FocalPoint”, our own Strategy Deployment and Performance Management System. He is also founder and owner of his own successful software consultancy, Ecatenate, in Glasgow.

John CraigJohn Craig

John Craig is a vastly experienced leader in the provision of business performance improvement services. Working closely with a number of blue chip organisations he has helped them deliver significant improvements in their key business metrics. His approach is a combination of coaching, organisational engagement and hands-on delivery. Through the use of Lean/Six Sigma tools and methodologies and sound Project Management he has a delivered sizeable cost, efficiency and customer satisfaction improvements across his portfolio of successes. He is recognised as an excellent facilitator and coach who can operate at all levels within an organisation and can deliver in a wide range of cultural dimensions.

John’s experience has been built from occupying and number of senior staff level positions in Compaq, Motorola and Honeywell.

Chris McCannChris McCann

Chris McCann is a successful continuous improvement coach, trainer and consultant. He helps customers realise breakthrough business performance improvements by a practical approach tailored to their requirements and needs. Chris is an expert at identifying improvement opportunities and strategies; delivering on projects by adopting a practical hands-on approach and managing positive change. As well as a practitioner of Six Sigma and Lean, Chris is also an excellent facilitator on ‘softer skill’ areas. Previously holding senior management positions in the semiconductor industry, Chris has a first class honours degree in Applied Chemistry.

Robin HendersonRobin Henderson

Robin Henderson is a widely experienced consultant whose main interest lies in applied statistics. Recent clients include organisations from the biotechnology, construction, education and healthcare sectors.  He is involved in the Scottish National Stroke Audit and has published work on the use of control charts in the monitoring of stroke care processes. Previously Robin was a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mathematics and Applied Statistics at Napier University, Edinburgh. He has developed and delivered many training courses in Statistical Process Control, Design of Experiments and Six Sigma.

His book Six Sigma Quality Improvement with Minitab was published by John Wiley & Sons in 2006 and received very favourable reviews in Quality Progress, Technometrics and The American Statistician. He is a member of the American Society for Quality and the European Network for Business and Industrial Statistics. A Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, he is currently secretary to both its Quality Improvement Section Committee and its Lean, Six Sigma and Process Improvement Study Group. He is passionate about good use of data display and wider application of statistical thinking throughout society.  

Andy StablesAndy Stables

Andy is a Lean implementation expert, with knowledge gained in the high technology semiconductor sector.  He has practical experience of Lean deployment from a strategic planning level, through to coaching and facilitating change in both transactional and operational environments. Andy has a particularly impressive track record in delivering innovative Lean Manufacturing solutions in fast moving high volume business environments.

Andy has prior experience in process engineering, in the UK and European semiconductor industry.  He previously held senior positions in manufacturing management including Lean deployment as UK site champion for a multi national organization. Successful and enthusiastic, Andy has both a technical degree and a business degree.


Our Values

Our philosophy is "the client comes first". Our aim is to be the best supplier of the services that we provide in the UK. We wish to conduct our business in a manner that enables customers to rely on us completely. We want our clients to be confident that they are receiving a top quality service, delivered cost-effectively, to the highest ethical standards.

This has been our philosophy since the company was formed and we believe it has played a vital role in the maintenance of our reputation as a small but leading UK improvement consultancy.

An important part of maintaining our reputation is to keep in very close contact with our clients. We will continue to listen to them, find out where their businesses are going, and try to understand their needs. We are able to react quickly to clients' changing requirements, and to provide them with a wide range of services.

We welcome discussions about our levels of performance. Continuous improvement is at the heart of how we run our business. We have a very high client retention rate, and strive to ensure that all customers are more than happy with the service that we give them.


Corporate Social Responsibility Policy

You can learn more about our values by reading our Corporate Social Responsibility Policy – which can be downloaded pdf here. If you do not have a copy of Adobe Reader you can download it here.


Peace of Mind – For You and Us

Colin Barr Associates Ltd carries high levels of both Public Liability and Professional Indemnity Insurance.

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