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Efficiency Specialist Makes Three Major Additions

Thursday, 02 February 2012

Public sector improvement specialist Newton has made a trio of senior appointments to its advisory board.

Newton’s advisory board consists of senior executives ranging from Rear Admirals to FTSE 100 Group Operations Directors.

They use their depth of experience to help guide the company’s work and support Newton’s growth objectives in an expanding market place.

The three latest members to be appointed to the select group are Irene Lucas CBE, Isobel Garner and Mike Bennett.

Irene Lucas CBE is a Public Sector professional with more than 30 years’ experience in local, national and international government. Lucas has held a number of senior positions including Acting Permanent Secretary and Director General for Local Government and Regeneration in the Department of Communities and Local Government in Whitehall, as well as a variety of roles in local government ultimately as Chief Executive. Lucas is renowned for her passion for innovation and service improvement, and was awarded CBE in 2008 for services to local government.

With wide ranging experience in industry, both the private sector and the public sector, Isobel Garner has been operating with board level accountability for almost 20 years. Up until March 2011 she was Chief Executive of Wrexham County Borough Council. As a result of her leadership over 8 years, the Council gained a reputation for a success and innovation whilst operating within a strong corporate governance framework. Isobel also brings a wealth of knowledge on the Challenges facing the devolved Government in Wales.

Mike Bennett completes the triumvirate of Newton’s new faces, and brings 8 years’ experience as Assistant Director General and then Co-Managing Director of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers (SOLACE) - the representative body for senior strategic managers working in local government. Bennett is also a director of Public Intelligence, which provides strategic analysis and advice to local government as well as to clients in business, finance, higher education and the voluntary sector.

Steve Phillips, Business Manager at Newton, said the high-profile appointments underline the fact that the respective industry leaders fundamentally believe in Newton’s commitment to helping the public sector drive savings and efficiencies.

He said: “Every business sector is unique. Each has its own individual structure, its own drivers and its own idiosyncrasies. We appreciate that it takes many years of hands-on experience to comprehensively understand any one sector, so we work closely with a these experts who have invaluable, sector-specific knowledge and expertise.

“These recent appointments to our advisory board strengthen our pool of talent and will support us in delivering tangible results for our clients - allowing them to improve the level of service they offer while at the same time reducing costs - a win-win outcome for all parties.”




Issued by Beattie Communications (www.beattiegroup.com) on behalf of Newton

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Note to editors

Newtonis the leading cost and efficiency improvement specialist inEuropewhich was founded in 2001 by a group of highly qualified and experienced engineers.

Having grown consistently from year to year, the Oxford-based business has developed an extensive track record of delivering performance improvements of 10% - 50% for all client operations and supply chains without incurring capital expenditure.

From its roots in manufacturing,Newton applies a unique engineering-based approach across a wide range of industry sectors including healthcare, defence and aerospace, consumer, wholesale and retail – from the shop floor through to the boardroom and throughout the supply chain.

Newtonis not a management consultant. Its focus is not on strategy, re-structuring or
re-organisation, but identifying and resolving the issues limiting performance to deliver a tangible and measurable improvement.

Newtonhas a substantial proven track record and has worked with an impressive list of clients including Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems, VT Group, Nissan, Kerry Foods, British Airways and several NHS Trusts.

All projects are delivered under a guaranteed no results, no fee basis.