The Team

Meridian has a diverse, global team including entry-level Productivity Specialists, Senior Consultants, Project Managers, Operations Managers and Executive-level Directors and Associates.

The senior management team spend most of their time in the field, working ‘hands-on’ with our clients and project teams thus ensuring a robust mix of best practice in delivery and providing support and guidance to project staff and our clients.

We place great emphasis on development and retention of our talent pool and have a policy of Continuous Professional Development which ensures that the skills and knowledge base of our project team are maintained and up-to-date and that best practice is adopted in project delivery. Each abides by the Association of Productivity Specialists (APS) Code of Ethics. We have adopted the APS Project Management Approach, which has been industry-defining for 44 years, utilising project management approaches recently incorporated into PRINCE2 principles and practices; and change management methodologies encompassing Lean, Six Sigma and TQM doctrines, tailored to suit the specific needs of the client.

Jimmy Quinn - Managing Director

James Quinn’s experience in the field of productivity improvement spans 30 years, 22 countries, and approximately 600 projects ranging from aircraft manufacturing through to financial services, eventually alighting on the healthcare sector over 26 years ago. His understanding of productivity improvement in the sector is exceptional, gained through roles encompassing: project manager, management & executive trainer, sales executive and chief analyst.

Never one to balk at a challenge, he formed Meridian Productivity to focus specifically on this unique market. 400 Analyses and Projects later, Jimmy displays an undiminished enthusiasm for the sector with which he infects his consultants during internal training events and he has an unparalleled insight as to its needs for future viability.

Dr Elwyn Evans - Finance Director

Although Elwyn’s role is now dealing with all the company’s administration, accounting and secretariat, his background is unique in Meridian Productivity. He is a qualified microbiologist who spent his early career working for the NHS and he also has a process improvement experience as a productivity consultant and presenting analyst for many of our early projects.

This gives him a unique perspective during our Project Board Reviews where the senior management team ensure that each project will deliver the internal and external milestones successfully.

Muhammad Haji - Director of Sales and Marketing

Muhammad currently leads our Sales and Marketing function. He is absolutely passionate and thrilled to be telling the Meridian story in new and innovative ways, whilst being an experienced Project Manager with a White Belt in Lean Six Sigma and being Prince 2 qualified (Foundation and Practitioner). He has also been certified by the Association of Productivity Specialists.

Having worked with over 20 reputable NHS organisations to deliver productivity improvement programmes, Muhammad has:

Helped clients bring about behaviour change and deliver service redesign within acute, mental health, community and health and social care settings;

Lead diverse and complex programmes with a wide range of management tiers and clinicians to collaboratively design new processes and management controls with the required buy in to sustainably improve productivity and meet KPIs;

Enabled significant ROIs of over 8:1 through cashed savings, totalling over £9m. He is highly numerate with excellent IT skills, with the ability to analyse data and present to C-Suite levels in a meaningful way.

Jenny Wallage - Director of Human Resources

Jenny is an experienced HR professional whose career in Marks & Spencer culminated in her becoming a member of the HR Leadership team with executive responsibility reporting to the HR Director. Her most recent role was as Head of Employee Support, with key responsibilities for People Policy, Occupational Health and Employee Engagement. Jenny set up and led a new HR service to support line managers across the UK with policy advice on all aspects of employment matters and a mediation service to help solve workplace disputes.

Parinaz Cole - Associate Operations Manager

 

Parinaz joined Meridian Productivity with a unique and diverse background in both for profit and non-profit organisations throughout the US, Europe and the UK. She has expertise and knowledge in multi-disciplined client environments and working in goal-based systems that are time sensitive. Parinaz has a strong “soup to nuts” background in management consulting where she has achieved a track record of delivering proposed savings, productivity and quality improvements through the analytical design and implementation of bespoke management systems.   She is deeply experienced in overseeing multiple consulting projects simultaneously supporting clients, project managers and their teams to successful project delivery.

 

Vicky Gardner – Director of Support Services

After years in a multi-faceted role within Meridian Productivity working on client projects and with our teams internally, Vicky took a sabbatical and volunteered with a major national advice charity working at the front line with clients and also supporting local service development through strategic research.
She has returned to Meridian Productivity to manage our Support Services.  It is these services which in turn allow our teams to work remotely, on site in client facing roles whilst being fully supported with company infrastructure and being able to access our company knowledge bank, bespoke tools and methodologies. 

Neil Taylor - Senior Business Development Manager

Neil has worked in Health and Care for almost 25 years.  During that time, he has worked across every aspect of care provision and commissioning from Acute, Community, Mental Health and Social Care in delivering substantial, measurable and sustainable improvements in the cost, quality and performance of care.

This has included improvements in theatre utilisation and throughput, capacity planning and improved waiting times for outpatients, clinical productivity and reporting for imaging, reduced lengths of stay and DToC rates for bed management, improved access to services, client facing time and reduced costs for Community, Mental Health and Social Care services.

Neil is a Master Productivity Specialist with the Association of Productivity Specialists (APS).

Tony Pearce - Training Manager

Tony began his career in Productivity 26 years ago when he joined the operations team of an American based international consultancy. Over the years his career has taken him across many business sectors from improving safety and productivity in Central Europe to redesigning processes within the Civil Service.  Tony began projects within the NHS in 2013.

Tony ensures that any project we undertake has a strong training element designed to work in conjunction with the improvements being delivered at the frontline.  The content of his workshop sessions deliver practical, meaningful content to NHS Managers and Team Leaders.

Bob Jacobson - Senior Productivity Advisor

Bob is known internationally as 'The Productivity Guru' and as an associate of the company and a key professional advisor, is heavily involved in all of Meridian's internal training initiatives. Bob brings with him unmatched experience and an unrivalled wealth of knowledge on all productivity principles.

Bob has been in the Productivity Consulting business for more than 40 years. He is currently President and CEO of Jacobson Solutions. He was formerly with IMPAC and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Productivity Specialists. He is certified as a Master Productivity Specialist. Jacobson Solutions is based in Chicago and Phoenix in the USA, and London in the UK.