Workshop facilitators

Kim Barnas, CEO, Catalysis, USA

Kim is the author of ‘Beyond Heroes’ and President of Catalysis (a not-for-profit organisation  transforming healthcare). Her mission is  to transform  patient experiences, make quality more transparent, and reduce healthcare costs. She advises top leaders through her coaching, tools and frameworks for successful Lean implementation. We are pleased to have her share her insights and experience with us.

Kim will facilitate the fullday workshop: An Overview of Creating a Lean Management System. **Please note that this workshop will take place in Johannesburg.**


Dave Brunt, CEO, Lean Enterprise Academy UK

Dave is the Chief Executive with the Lean Enterprise Academy UK and has walked, mapped, taught and coached lean in over 500 value streams across almost every conceivable environment. He is the author of ‘Creating Lean Dealers’ and has, since the early 1990’s, been both applying and researching Lean. He has supported many organisations in their lean journey and we look forward to hearing more about his work in Africa.

Dave will be facilitating the fullday workshop: Halfway Toyota Gemba Walk and Development of Yamazumi Chart, Standard Work and Management System


Ginty Chalk, Head of Operational Excellence Deployments, BMGI

Ginty is a Facilitator and Change Management expert who is able to drive change through leadership, innovation and communication strategies. She is also an Organisational Design and Development Specialist responsible for customised curriculum to meet client specific needs, focused on performance excellence, leadership and change management. Ginty has been working in the Consulting, Training and Change Management consulting space for more than 20 years, where she gained valuable experience across an array of organisations and industries, both locally and internationally.

Ginty’s area of expertise is building, designing and delivering programmes and initiatives that use adult learning principles and experiential learning methodologies utilising a vast range of tools and techniques. Another passion is equipping leaders with skills to drive teams and deliver results.

Ginty has trained and coached at Sasol Mining, Mittal Steel, Consol, Hulamin, Discovery Health, Distell, MCG, Old Mutual, Avis, Barloworld, Department of Justice, Alan Gray, Nedbank, Standard Bank, Chanel, to name a few.

Ginty will facilitate the half-day workshop: Transforming the pulse of teams in organisations


Jan Erasmus, Director, Authentic Consulting

Jan started his working career as a mechanical design engineer. He has experience as a management consultant where he headed several interventions to improve productivity, improve customer care, reduce cost, and develop the leadership of companies and change cultures. He has published articles on Leadership and Change, presented productivity improvement papers at international and local conferences. He has assisted several companies in the former Soviet Union, i.e. Moldova, Estonia, Slovenia and Croatia to transform from former state-owned companies to free market enterprises. Jan currently works as a consultant in operations management, productivity improvement, strategic planning and leadership development.

Jan will be facilitating the full-day workshop: Building systems for fail-proof Lean implementation .


Norman Faull, Lean Institute Africa, Chairman

Norman FaullEmeritus Professor Norman Faull is the Chairman of the Lean Institute Africa, a Lean Executive Coach and formerly a Professor of Business Administration at the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town. He was among the first researchers in South Africa to introduce innovative manufacturing and supply chain improvement concepts, such as lean manufacturing, into the country. In recent years he has focused on implementation of lean management in the South African public health system although his experience spans across the mining, manufacturing and service sectors. He teaches on executive programmes at UCT and elsewhere. He continues to research the area of process improvement, with particular attention to large-scale systems.

Norman will facilitate the half-day workshop: Introduction to Kata


Alison Gitelson, CanBeeDone, Founder

Alison Gitelson of CanBeeDone is a maximizer and facilitator. She combines over thirty years of technical and management experience, in a broad range of businesses, with a deep understanding of human behaviour. Hating to see time and effort wasted she helps leader-managers to bring out the best in themselves and the people they work with so the people and the business can thrive.

Alison has successfully led teams through transformation and change, and mentored other leader managers to do the same. Her workshops are received as informative, engaging and practical by clients from a broad spectrum of businesses. She is a popular presenter at Agile and Lean conferences both in South Africa and Singapore.

Alison will facilitate the half-day workshop: Navigating conflict and uncertainty on your improvement journey


Graeme Hay, Managing Consultant, University of Stellenbosch’s Business School

Graeme started his Lean Six Sigma journey in 2002 as an operations excellence consultant and is a passionate student of creating excellence in organisations.  He believes that developing the critical thinking capabilities at the middle and senior management level is the key to sustainable change, and that the Lean Six Sigma approach and techniques are foundational in this process.

Graeme will facilitate the workshop ‘Implementing Lean by solving one frustration at a time .


Sudip Pal, Lean Leader, Ericsson India Global Services

Sudip is working as the Lean Leader and Senior Manager – Service Delivery Transformation for Ericsson India Global Services, SDU BDGS. With 20 years of experience his areas of expertise span across a wide spectrum of the IT landscape – from System Integration to IT Service Delivery, from IT Advisory Services to Program Managements, from Lean in Agile to Automation. He is a recognized Lean Expert by the Asian Productivity Organization – Japan, Quality Council of India, and National Productivity Council – India. He has mentored many big Lean deployment programs for some leading global IT companies in last 8 years; such as, improved cash flow & profitability, increased win rate, sales engagement process, scaled Agile, etc. In the last 2 years Sudip has completed several high potential and critical transformation programs in the areas of Agile, Automation and IT Service Delivery Transformation Model. He has also groomed many candidates to become successful Lean Coaches in the industry.

Sudip has participated in European Lean IT Summit 2013, 2017 and Turkey Lean Summit 2017 editions presenting case studies on Lean IT Transformation. At the Turkey Lean Summit he also organised a well-received Lean IT Simulation workshop.

Sudip will facilitate the half-day workshop: Lean IT Simulation – Transforming IT  Processes with Lean Principles


Jim Farara and Craig Parker, Transformation team for Africa Liner Operations Centre, Maersk Line

Jim Farara has worked in Container shipping for 25 years, including – P&O Containers, P&O Nedlloyd and Maersk. Jim has worked in every aspect of the business – from Sales and Customer Services to Trade Management and Liner Operations – with expatriate posting in Africa, Asia, Europe and UK. Jim was posted to Cape Town in 2007 to develop and head up Maersk’s Process Excellence division for Sub Saharan Africa. Since 2014 Jim joined the Africa Liner Operations Centre – and is currently the Transformation Director. Jim is a permanent resident of South Africa, is married and has three children.

Craig Parker has worked in the Transformation and Maersk Line for a year learning a lot about Lean Management within the logistics/shipping industry in the process. Previously he worked in  Quality Improvement/Project Management within the Public Health HIV sector. His educational background is in Neuroscience, Health Policy and Development Management. He loves running, soccer and sleep when he can get it. He recently moved to Cape Town with his wife and three children.

Jim and Craig will be facilitating the half-day workshop Transforming your organisation’s Operating System: A Practical Session with Maersk Line.


Sydney Theko and Claude Pillay, Senior Project Managers, Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC)

Sydney has been working in the Automotive Industry for 20 years where he accumulated extensive experience in Industrial, Process and Project Engineering. He began his career at Robert Bosch where he led several layout and work study related improvements. He worked for companies such as Robert Bosch, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen SA, Ford Motor Company. Sydney is currently working for the Automotive Industry Development Centre as a Senior Project manager.

Claude has worked as an industrial engineer and project manager in the automotive component industry for more than 20 years. His current role as Senior Project Manager involves project managing and implementing supplier development programmes of which continuous improvement is a key focus. Claude has worked in various automotive component manufacturing companies which include Foundries, Press Shops, Injection Moulding and Seat Assembly amongst many others.

Sydney and Claude will facilitate the half-day workshop: Implementing Standardised work