KGP Team Member Profiles Offering Advice to SMES

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

KGP draws on a wealth of consultants with a broad industry experience.  Details of some of them can be found below.


John Kirkpatrick

John began his career working for the Jim Russell Racing Drivers School with responsibility for the renowned international racing drivers programme.

He is a founding director of the Motorsport Industry Association and is co-chair of the organisation’s Education, Skills and Training Council. In 2003 he completed a six month research programme and published the Motorsport Industry Workforce Development Plan for HM Government, Department of Trade & Industry.

He was appointed Launch Director of the Motorsport Academy. He was again contracted to deliver an update to the Industry’s Workforce Development Plans and to provide Industry liaison and guidance in the development of definitive Motorsport Foundation Degree & Apprenticeship programmes.


David Pickering

An engineering graduate, David has a considerable track record of establishing, running, growing, selling, and assisting businesses to raise grant funding for capital infrastructure and future growth.

In the 80s and 90s he spent a considerable time with British Coal Enterprise at one point assisting more than 80,000 redundant employees to find new employment.

He has recently had an assignment as Interim Director Transport iNet, an emda/ERDF funded project in the East Midlands. This programme has successfully aided hundreds of SMEs to improve their innovation capabilities.


Andrew Woodward

An experienced MBA qualified Business Development professional, Andrew has spent over 20 years in industrial R&D, Product Development, Marketing and Business Development.

Originally a scientist and engineer, he has held board level and senior management positions in subsidiaries of a number of major PLCs including T&N plc where as Director of Product Technology he managed a £5 million R&D project portfolio across European and US operating sites of a £400M turnover Division. He worked as Group Innovation Manager at Caradon plc where he implemented a new product development process across £200 million turnover Business Division. He has also worked at Freidland Ltd as Product Development and Quality Director where he developed and launched a major new product range, reducing development time by more than 40%, and reducing material spend by 15%, through value engineering, quality improvements and development of more competitive Far Eastern manufacturing sources.


Dave Watts

David’s work has been largely concerned with the downstream end of the vehicle industry. Much of his recent engagement has been with the International Car Distribution Programme (ICDP) a non- profit research organisation set up to investigate and recommend the development of more efficient lean distribution networks. A fair proportion of this work has been concerned with the aftermarket. David has worked in many disciplines across organisations –  varying in size from multi-nationals to those employing fewer than fifteen staff. He has been involved in strategic planning, from global planning to marketing strategies, as well as working in change management, human resources, marketing, finance and health and safety. Past roles have included project management, implementing new businesses and processes.


Anne Wilde

A linguist, Anne began her international industrial career in the export department of Kodak Polychrome Graphics where she progressed to the position of Export Sales Manager. As a member   of the Institute of Export, she was recruited by the DTI to run a pilot scheme through the chambers of commerce, advising SMEs across  a wide range of industry sectors that were interested in starting to export their products. She then spent a decade at Rio Tinto Borax managing various offices worldwide before moving to technology start-up company, Keronite International Limited, as Director of Marketing.

Anne prides herself in being a self-motivated, analytical strategist with strong communications and team building skills. With extensive sales and marketing experience in industrial B2B, metal finishing, materials, mining, chemicals and printing, she has a proven track record in brand building for start-ups, re-branding for blue chips and in the penetration of new geographical and product markets.


KGP Track Record

KGP has a 25 year history of supporting improvement projects for companies in the UK and worldwide.

Many of those projects have helped to facilitate funding from various government agencies, UK and EU.

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