Lee Yates

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Lee Yates

I am a Lean Expert and Six Sigma Master Black Belt with 17 years practical experience in deploying these techniques through automotive, health insurance, chemical manufacturing, electrical component manufacturing, aerospace, contact centre, parcel delivery, infrastructure , and gas distribution network operations, based in 18 different countries around Europe. I enjoy all aspects of continuous improvement, be it broad, sweeping lean project work optimising efficiencies and removing business waste, deep diving six sigma analysis projects addressing specific issues, deployment of programmes across organisations, or training and coaching the next green belts, black belts, or lean experts and am very capable in all elements of this.


I saw Lee growing within a few months from a Black Belt to a great Master Black Belt and Trainer. His abilities to inspire people with his knowledge and communication skills are outstanding. The results, delivered by the trainees just proved that a good training of the right people on the right topic creates the benefits by itself.

Gerhard Koeck Director Lean Six Sigma Landshut Area, Germany

I had the pleasure of working with Lee on a major review of company Operational processes and the implementation of those reviewed processes. His enthusiasm was infectious and his motivational manner was both refreshing and highly productive. His approach to the tasks, no matter how daunting, was “can do” and he showed great technical knowledge, leadership and change management skills.
On a personal level, he was extremely humorous, generous with his time and knowledge and just great to work with. I would highly recommend Lee, and would be happy to work with him again on any project.

Paul Jackman Stock Controller at Western Brand Ltd

As CI manager at City Link, I had the pleasure of working with Lee for 6 months in his role as a Lean Six Sigma consultant. Lee has a rare combination of an incredibly broad knowledge in his field, combined with practical deployment experience in multiple industries, business acumen, and importantly a fantastic ability to engage, with credibility, people at all levels of the business with his infectious personality. I’d recommend Lee to any business at any stage in their Lean and/or Six Sigma journey as someone who has the knowledge, experience, ideas, enthusiasm, drive and credibility to make significant and positive changes in an organisation. I hope to have the opportunity to work with Lee again in the future.

Tom Verkooijen

David Winter Project manager/consultant Lee worked on an important project at City Link, looking into ways that we can improve the company at the very heart ofits operations – the depots. As a natural leader and immensely detailed individual, Lee provided my project with a foundation of knowledge and discipline, working to resolve the very centre of the problems within depots. I recommend Lee not only for his skills in Lean improvement but the way he adds humility and strength of nature to bring about buy in with key stakeholders.

John Bewick