c/o Thaisarco Tel: +66 (0)81 822 1652
P.O. Box 2 E-mail: email@example.com
Nick Thorne Phuket 83000
A Cambridge graduate in Metallurgy and Materials Science, Nick Thorne is also a Chartered Engineer
with considerable experience in a diverse range of manufacturing businesses. This includes 10 years
in the secondary aluminium industry in the UK, Europe, Russia and North America. Used to full
budgetary responsibility, developing and delivering strategic business, investment and project plans.
Combines strong technical and interpersonal skills, is an excellent communicator, resourceful and
displays a firm but participative leadership style.
SKILLS AND ACHIEVEMENTS
As Interim Manager running a £30m turnover secondary aluminium smelter. This role encompassed
all production and maintenance aspects of scrap handling, reverbatory and rotary furnace operation,
metal pump, swarf dryer. Responsibility was also assumed for Energy Management, Climate Change
policies, HR issues, organisation of shift patterns giving rise to flexibility and cost effectiveness, and
latterly for Commercial Department functions.
Conducted feasibility study under the DTI’s Investigating an Innovative Idea program. Subsequently
managed the resultant project, successfully installing ground breaking aluminium scrap treatment
Formulated and carried out a strategy to reduce company overheads by consolidating production from
two sites to one. This resulted in a seamless transfer of production, a £300,000 reduction in
overheads and the release of capital by the sale of one site.
Devised and implemented strategy that led to a 12% increase in output for 7% less labour cost in a
continuous shift production facility.
As Factory Manager of the Marley Roof Tiles at Poole led, in extremely difficult circumstances, the
entire closure process from concept to completion, negotiating with unions and communicating with all
parties and external media. A dignified and trouble free redundancy program and tidy plant and site
disposal was achieved.
As Works Director of Flogates Ltd of Goole, led the site personnel through the trade sale of the
business to Vesuvius UK.
As interim Operations Manager, guided the corporate recovery of a failing £4m MBO to take it from
the verge of insolvency to being re-financed and having a positive cash flow within 6 months. This
entailed quickly establishing the failing aspects of the business and applying appropriate measures to
ensure survivability of the organisation.
Introduced a fundamental culture change within a £12m turnover, 170 employee factory site. Devised
and implemented a radical new deal to convert a traditional hourly paid, unionised workforce to a
progressive, monthly staff, ‘Single Status’ culture. Union membership dropped to 15%; labour costs
brought under control and supervision reduced by the introduction of self-managed teams.
Conducted employee surveys, introduced Team Briefing, a Works Council and a regular internal
newsletter. Within six months achieved a palpable improvement in morale and employee involvement
within a diverse workforce operating complex continuous shift systems.
Restored business to health following a near disastrous fire. Prior establishment of an excellent
disaster plan, training of operators and followed by thorough after event enquiries and tremendous
commitment and resourcefulness. Obscure cause of fire established, rectified and the damage
repaired with the operation up and running with minimum disruption to customers.
Developed the production of a complex, polymer modified artificial slate from laboratory concept to
£6m per annum volume production. Used continuous improvement techniques, data analysis,
technical ingenuity and resourcefulness to manage the project team. Secured the security of the site
by the successful production of a unique and profitable product.
Managing Director – Thaisarco Smelting and Refining Company Limited 2010 – Date
Management Consultant – Lozon Consulting Limited 2000 – 2010
Professional Interim Management and Management Consultancy within both Manufacturing and
Service sector. This includes considerable experience within secondary metals in Production and
Project Management roles both in the UK and worldwide.
Turnaround management/Corporate recovery for £4m turnover MBO.
Energy and Environmental Management (Climate Change) leading to client rebates of £58,000.
Project and capital scheme management. These include multi-million pound schemes for
companies within the secondary aluminium industry both in the UK and elsewhere in Europe.
Operations Manager - VESUVIUS UK 1994 – 1999
Doubled production capacity through major capital projects (>£5M), intrinsic productivity
improvements, and revised factory ergonomics.
Formulated and enacted strategy to reduce company overheads by consolidating the firm’s
production from two locations onto the Goole site. This seamless transfer of production capacity
gave a £300,000 reduction in overheads and rationalised management structures.
De-layered the Management Structure.
Introduced of Team Briefing and internal newsletter.
Achieved Investors in People Accreditation and introduced Self Managing Teams.
Reduced stock (raw materials, WIP and Finished Goods) by 33% by improved planning and
scheduling (forward forecasting by Sales and use of MRP).
Introduced new shop floor terms and conditions leading to a Single Status operation.
Factory Manager - MARLEY BUILDING MATERIALS 1985 – 1994
Managed £3m capital projects, feasibility studies and SMED exercises including automation and
Improved labour relations by the introduction of a new contract of employment giving better
benefits in return for job flexibility and shift rostering.
Reduced fraud by enhancing site security and procedures.
Improved strategic security of the operation by successfully developing polymer modified artificial
Used continuous improvement techniques to gain a 17% reduction in labour costs
Export Sales Engineer - OTTER CONTROLS LTD 1980 – 1984
Provided technical support in the field steering exports to over 50% of turnover (£11M).
EDUCATION & PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
The Blue School, Wells and Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University MA (Hons) degree in
Metallurgy and Materials Science
Fellow of the I. Mech. E. and registered with the Engineering Council as a Chartered Engineer.
Project Leader Training/Total Quality Management
Dale Carnegie Leadership Training for Managers
KPMG Financial Management for Decision Makers
Strong PC skills, expert Microsoft Office user, AutoCAD 2D & 3D
Married – 2 children
Full Clean Driving Licence
INTERESTS & ACTIVITIES
Caving – former President of Cambridge University Caving Club: Current member of Ex-
Scuba Diving – SAA Diver Leader and Club Instructor qualification. Writing