Board Members



Brian Swain

Brian Swain is Chairman of LCI-UK and an organisational development consultant with over 25 years experience in major construction, manufacturing and service companies throughout the UK and Western Europe.

Brian often typifies his approach as individual, organisational and corporate coaching, focused on the Lean transformation of companies in the context of process management, continuous improvement and organisational design. His primary focus is on value stream development to meet clients’ strategic and operational imperatives.

On behalf of LCI-UK, Brian has initiated pioneering work with the Construction Industry Training Board, Highways England and Tier 1 contractors: to develop industry-standard Lean construction training programmes to develop the Lean capability and capacity of the construction industry supply chain.

David Anderson

David is a civil engineer with 30 years’ experience in the construction industry across a variety of sectors. He is responsible for the governance, assurance and improvement of the management systems across BAM Nuttall.

A Fellow of the Chartered Quality Institute, a Chartered Waste Manager, Member of the Institute of Collaborative Working, a Chartered Environmentalist, David also sits on a number of industry committees both within the UK and Europe and is a thought leader on subjects such as Lean improvement, risk, error avoidance, competency and collaboration.

Tony Blanch

Tony Blanch is Quality and Business Improvement Director with Network Rail, having left Costain in early 2020. 

Tony is a Civil Engineer by profession and joined Costain in 1987 where he has held many positions, including Civil Engineer, Quality Manager and now has responsibility for Business Improvement across the Group which include Continuous Improvement (Lean and EFQM), IT, Commercial and Management Systems, Information Security, Business Continuity, Collaborative Working and Asset Management.

Tony is particularly passionate about Collaborative Working and how when linked with Lean brings about benefits and added value for those involved. Tony is also a Foundation Board Member for the Institute of Collaborative Working

Rob Walley

Rob is a Partner with Bourton Group leading work in the Construction and Infrastructure sector and is also a director of LCI-UK Projects Limited. 

Rob has around 30 years’ experience in consulting and specialises in the management of Lean based multi-disciplinary business reorganisation and process improvement projects in the infrastructure, service and manufacturing sectors.

Andy Johnson

Andy joined LCI-UK as a Board Director in 2020. His full bio will follow shortly. 

Prof. Martin Perks

Martin is major projects commercial programme director for National Highways Ltd and since 2016 a Visiting Professor at Birmingham City University focusing on project procurement and commercial management. His doctoral thesis explored Developing a new procurement model using behavioural economics, to enable continuous improvement of productivity and better value in large UK infrastructure projects and he is considered the architect of Regional Delivery Partnerships (RDP) procurement model. RDP is a unique procurement model in UK infrastructure construction and uses lean, value focused Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) and is a specific version of Target Value Delivery. the model has delivered significant improvements in productivity, predictability, and value-based thinking. Martin’s career spans infrastructure having worked on major projects in, highways, rail, nuclear, retail, pharma, research science, and airports. He understands both public and private sector business management, governance, and risk assessment. Martin is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a member of the Institute for Collaborate Working, a director of Lean Construction Institute – UK, and a member of the ICE Community Advisory Board on productivity improvement.

Tony Gates

Tony, Managing Director for Civil Engineering at Sir Robert McAlpine, joined the Board in June 2022.  His bio will follow. 

Thomas Edgcumbe

Thomas joined the Board in June 2022, and is Managing Director – Surfacing Solutions with Aggregate Industries, responsible for national combined Contracting and Asphalt businesses.  Prior to this Thomas was with Balfour Beatty, where he was Managing Director UK Construction Services England & Wales (responsible for Construction and Civils projects). With more than 20 years of experience in the construction industry, Thomas has a strong track record of growing businesses and driving profitable growth.  He is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).