Chris BrettPartner

Areas of Expertise

Expert in development of lean systems, New product development, Manufacturing, Global Strategic Sourcing & International Procurement, Procurement Process Design & Implementation.

Key highlights

  • Chris worked for Toyota for 13 years, holding senior role in various divisions and spending time in Japan and Europe. Divisions he worked in include Manufacturing Engineering, New Product Development, Toyota Production System (TPS) Office.
  • An Engineer at heart, he also has work in blue chip companies incuding Land Rover, Massey Ferguson, JCB and Toyota.
  • As a consultant he has supported many differing industry sectors including, banking, aerospace, automotive, heavy manufacturing, mining, light consumer goods, airlines, and the hotel industry.

Activities undertaken

  • Supported the first Toyota assembly plant building in the UK and lead the Assembly Engineering team for the building of the second assembly.
  • Lead the assembly division team working Japan and UK to support the introduction of the Corolla (Toyotas first world car).
  • As part of the TPS – developed and trained Toyota’s senior managers in Toyota and the “Toyota way” and lead methodologies.
  • As a Consultant, developed airline baggage systems at two major airline hubs (saving $20 million).
  • Developed system for client end-to-end management in a top five investment bank.
  • Lead implementation processes for Strategic Sourcing & International Procurement for a major vehicle produced in the US.
Professional background
  • Consultant Mckiney & Company (Lean Expert)
  • Partner at Lean Coaching
  • VP of Operations Phycal (New Energy Startup)
  • Senior Engineer at Toyota
  • Senior Engineering at JCB / Range Rover / Massey Ferggsuon
  • MBA – University of Derby (UK)
  • BS (Equ.) – Manufacturing Engineering Nuneaton College UK
  • Diploma of Industrial Engineering – Birmingham UK
  • Project Management Professional
Favorite Quote

Walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the planners, the doers, the successful people with their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground
Wilfred Peterson


Mountain biking but recently gravity has increased somehow, which is slowing him down.

Favorite thing about working at Gibson

“The great thing about working for Gibson is observing and participating in the process of “Standardized Creativity” which results in building real sustainable capabilities in the people and organizations Gibson serves, to see the development and growth as Gibson and the client work together as one team with a common goal. Gibson has a great standardized (11 step) process which drives the discovery of real business-changing opportunities. This process, like any good process, is repeatable and trainable; Gibson builds real business-changing capability into their clients. But discovery is nothing without creative execution, the level of creative thought and creative actions to convert the newly discovered opportunities into practical solutions that drive maximum benefit for their clients is world class.

With today’s ever-changing market conditions, be it due to commodity fluctuations, tariffs, changing government policies (NAFTA), changes in “best cost” countries capabilities, the creative solutions Gibson continues to develop with their clients ensures they stride ahead of challenges where other less capable organizations stumble.”

Jack MyersPatrick F. Callahan