Bio - Peter Hines

Professor Peter Hines is the co-founder of the Lean Enterprise Research Centre at Cardiff Business School. He holds a B.A. (M.A.) in geography from Cambridge University and an MBA and Ph.D. from the University of Cardiff. Peter followed a successful career in distribution and manufacturing industry before joining Cardiff Business School in 1992. Since that time he initially led the Materials Management Unit and then chaired the Lean Enterprise Research Centre within Cardiff Business School.

He has undertaken extensive research into Lean Thinking and supply chain management and has pioneered a number of key concepts, methods and applications in Europe and Australia, including supplier associations (now involving over 800 European firms), value stream mapping, network sourcing, the Three Tier System of Management and the Value Stream Analysis Tool. He has written or co-written several books including Creating World Class Suppliers published by Pitman in 1994, The Lean Enterprise published by AMACOM in 1997, Value Stream Management published by Financial Times Prentice Hall in 2000 and Staying Lean first published in 2008 which won a Shingo Research and Professional Publication Prize Recipient for 2009.

Peter is now chairman of S A Partners, a specialist consultancy organisation that assists companies to apply Lean Thinking to their own value streams. S A Partners has grown rapidly, primarily through client referrals, to more than 40 employees working with large multi-national firms such as Corus (Tata), Wartsila, Mars, Arla, Boston Scientific, Siemens, Boots and Rexam together with their associated supply chains and individual smaller companies. It now has operating companies in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Australia.

In 2011, Peter also launched a new portal to help his 50,000 LinkedIn group members to be able to learn, share and grow faster on their respective lean journeys.

Peter also continues his academic links with his adjunct professorship at the University of South Australia and associate role at LERC.