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BQF Lean Six Sigma Academy Award 2019

BQF Lean Six Sigma Academy Award


This award recognises innovation and a measurable improvement from a project employing Lean, Lean Six Sigma or other performance improvement methodologies.

Why apply?

These projects will be from organisations of all sizes and sectors and the practitioner deploying them will be from a wide range of capability and experience.

How to apply?

Entry is by way of an online entry form and to include up to 6 PowerPoint slides. For more information please email Ian Swain, our Lean Six Sigma Representative, at [email protected].

Application Criteria

The organisation’s understanding of the problem being tackled, including a clear problem and goal statement

  • The methodology used, be it DMAIC, DMADV, or PDCA.
  • Application of the right Lean or Lean Six Sigma tools, at the right time, and in the right way.

The Judging Panel will look primarily at the methodology used and the results achieved, rather than organisational transformation or the scale of the project, using the following criteria:

  • Achievement of bottom line results / benefits targeted, and an effective control plan to ensure the gains are secured.

£400 + VAT

per entry

£600 + VAT

per entry

Dates for your diary

Entries close

21 December 2018

Judging begins

January 2019

Shortlist will be announced

February 2019

Ceremony night

16 May 2019

Catalyst Consulting Supports Lean Six Sigma Academy Award

Catalyst Consulting are delighted to be sponsoring the Lean Six Sigma Award at the BQF UK Excellence Awards 2019. At Catalyst we specialise in helping people and organisations to realise their true potential through Lean Six Sigma, Process Management, Culture Change, and Agile Business Transformation.

We see Lean Six Sigma as a highly practical and universally applicable method to make improvements happen, in all kinds of organisations. It is highly complementary with the EFQM Excellence Model taking areas for improvement and turning them into practical improvement projects. We’ve seen so many extraordinary results from applying this thinking and it’s great to see the recognition that is well deserved for the award finalists and winner in this category. We can all learn from their experience.

Moore Allison

Director of Learning Solutions, Master Black Belt at Catalyst Consulting Ltd

Moore Allison

“I was trained and became a practitioner in Six Sigma while working for Motorola. While I was there, I led many projects, coached others and qualified as a Black Belt Instructor with Motorola University. I was an independent consultant from 2001 and then joined Catalyst in 2006. In that time, I have trained and coached thousands of Belts across all sectors and assessed many for BQF certification from Yellow to Master Black Belt level.

I also co-chair’s the BQF’s Lean Six Sigma Academy working to keep the certification standards high and relevant and promote Lean Six to the membership and beyond.”

Adele Cihlar

Senior Change Consultant at BT Group HR


“I was trained and became a practitioner in Lean Six Sigma while working for Cummins. Whilst there, I led many projects, coached others and qualified as Master Black Belt. After leaving Cummins, I worked in both retail and finance sectors, leading and coaching projects putting the principles I had learnt in manufacturing in to practice in the service industries.

For the last 7 years I have worked for BT, and for the last 4 years I led the learning development pathway for its Business Improvement professionals. In that time, I trained and coached thousands in six sigma and lean both internally and externally to BT. working with large organisations to develop their own internal Change capability. I also represent BT on the Lean Six Sigma Academy where they work to keep the certification standards high and relevant and promote Lean Six to the membership and beyond.”

Glenn Gooding

Managing Consultant at Renault-Nissan Consulting

Glen Gooding

“I am a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and have over 25 years of experience in delivering continuous improvement assistance to a wide range of organisations and industries. I have worked in industries such as Medical Devices, Electronics, Construction/Civil Engineering, Aerospace, in both CI and QA roles. I am a highly capable trainer and coach, providing help and advice to management boards and shop floor staff alike. I also have a wide experience in advising on definition, strategy, implementation and governance of CI processes and ‘bringing alive’ the Lean and Six Sigma subject for people.

I was delighted to be asked to join the 2019 BQF Awards Panel and to be able to contribute to the recognition of excellence for organisations and people who have demonstrated exceptional use and innovation in Lean Six Sigma projects.”

Awards FAQ's

Am I eligible to enter?

All organisations can enter our awards. Please see our individual award categories pages for more information who can apply and the criterias for applying.

Can companies of any size enter this award?

Yes. We encourage companies of all sizes and from all sectors to enter our awards.

When is entry deadline?

Entry deadlines for the Innovation, Lean Six Sigma and Leadership awards are all on the 31st of October.

Awards Ceremony

The 2019 awards ceremony is taking place at The Royal Lancaster Hotel, London – Hyde Park’s proud mid-century architectural icon.

2018 Winners

Find out more about the 2018 winners, sponsors and host, Jake Humphrey.