Celebrating our 10th anniversary in our current format with a consulting and operational heritage stretching back almost 30years. Our roots are founded on real experience of world class operational principles and practises which we have successfully shared and further developed across a wide spectrum of market sectors and international locations.

To help you understand our pedigree in this field, take a moment to read through our evolutionary timeline…

  • 1991

    Forward Vision founded by Ed Handyside, formerly responsible for staff development at Nissan and originator of Nissan’s production management training programmes.

  • 1992 – 1997

    Forward Vision becomes established as one of the first Lean consulting and people development organisations with a growing portfolio of international ‘blue chip’ clients such as Rolls Royce Power, Daimler Benz, Draeger, General Motors, Alcan and many others.

  • 1997

    Publication (Gower) of Ed Handyside’s, Genba Kanri: the Disciplines of Real Leadership in the Workplace.

    Genba Kanri Book Cover
  • 1998

    Ian Scurfield joins Forward Vision from Hashimoto Ltd where he’d spent 8years and been a key member of the business start up team as a Operational First Line Manager and Hashimoto’s first full time UK Continuous Improvement Manager.

  • 2003

    Ian Scurfield becomes Partner/Director at Forward Vison and continues expansion of client base with an increasing number of food (FMCG) businesses, including: Geest/Bakkavor, United Biscuits, Hazlewood Foods/Greencore Gp. and Britvic

  • 2004

    Forward Vision and PC Henderson Ltd are joint winners of a National Training Award for a programme designed and led by Ian Scurfield, combining Value Stream mapping and design, extensive leadership and operational excellence skills training, and the installation of new operations and performance management practises.

  • 2007

    Ian Scurfield leaves Forward Vision to take up a position as Operations Director of an engineering business. Forward Vision purchased by Coriolis;  Ed Handyside engaged as Project Director until business handover and contractual obligations are fulfilled.

  • Nov. 2009

    Ian Scurfield establishes Deerness Consulting and engages in Operations Excellence interventions within the food industry with Coriolis, within the financial services sector with OEE Consulting, and also at Martin Baker Aircraft Company.

  • 2012

    Deerness Consulting wins contract to deliver a network wide programme for developing operations and CI managers within ASDA logistics. Ed Handyside and other former colleagues join Ian at Deerness Consulting to further develop business

  • 2012 – present

    Expansion of financial services work/clients through OEE Consulting (GoBeyond Partners).
    Expansion of manufacturing client base.
    Expansion of programmes and services.
    Significant increase in project/change management work-type, notably digital and automation transformation support.
    Expansion of international working (India, China, USA, Europe).