Managing Director, Institute for Lean Systems (ILS) Australia
Ray Littlefield has a background in consulting, organisational development, education, and engineering. He is a co-founder/ director of the Institute for Lean Systems (ILS) USA and Managing Director of ILS Australia.
ILS delivers onsite action focused transformation programs, in addition to, accredited lean systems education and training programs in partnership with, Penn State University (USA), The Ohio State University (USA), Swinburne University of Technology (AUS) and, the Centre for Quality People and Organizations (CQPO) (USA), chaired by Mike Hoseus co-author of Toyota Culture and part of the Lean Global Network.
Ray Littlefield has been actively involved in Lean since 1997 beginning his career as a production engineering trainee at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK), Powertrain Division. Ray gained further insight into lean systems as Industrial Extension Specialist, teaching and researching lean transformation methodologies as a member the Lean Systems Group, a industry-academic partnership between Toyota and the University of Kentucky College of Engineering.
Over the years, Ray has lead several lean transformation programs in vastly different industries from manufacturing, food processing, healthcare, and service environments, engaging at all levels from front line team members to CEO’s.