We do…


Our client base features some of the best known branded consumer product manufacturers, major Aerospace corporations and niche software development companies.

Based in the UK, our experience of conducting business internationally includes:

  • The Americas: the USA, Canada, Mexico & Brazil
  • The Far East: Japan, Malaysia & Singapore
  • Europe: France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Romania, Belgium & The Netherlands

We can offer support and consultancy in Leadership Coaching, Interim Management, Programme Management, Supply Chain Development, Business Development or Organisational Redesign as well as:

  1. Developing Business Strategy and flowing this down through your business to all levels so that everyone knows what they have to do and the measures / targets for success (Policy Deployment or ‘Hoshin Kanri ’)
  2. Implementing Lean Transformations throughout your business’ internal and external supply-chain(s) through training and practical implementation of:
    • Five lean principles
    • Value Stream Mapping
    • Seven waste identification
    • Lean problem analysis & problem solving toolkit
    • Implementing Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) and measuring Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)
    • Kaizen workshops
    • Kaikakku events
  3. Managing Risk / Planning for contingencies
  4. Providing an Interim Factory Management service built upon 30+ years successful leadership & management experience
  5. Personal One to One Leadership Coaching / mentoring for CEOs and all levels of leadership in your organisation
  6. Team Auditing & Development programmes at all levels from senior executive teams to individual work teams / project groups
  7. Technical Programme Management & Leadership of complex technical / capital projects
  8. Supply Chain Development / Consolidation & Cost reduction
  9. Aircraft Maintenance & Overhaul Management Support (AMRO)
  10. Software Development / Business Analysis
  11. Setting up Manufacturing plants in Mexico / manufacturing transfer

What ever your needs make contact with our Managing Director Jon Laughton who will be happy to discuss your specific needs and expand upon the company’s experience and expert team of associate consultants.

Our Ethos

“Championing Change, Challenging The Status Quo” is our ethos!

We believe that your business needs to adapt and grow with the ever-changing demands and increasing complexity of the market. Intuitively most senior leaders within modern businesses recognise this fact, but all too often misunderstand or lack the necessary skill set to deliver effective and sustainable change from the top to the bottom of their organisations. This is where we can help

Buying consultancy is a major investment for any business and all too often is made more difficult by failing to appreciate and articulate the real underlying problems; we do not shirk from asking the difficult questions that help your organisation to become leaner, fitter and better led whether this is through our interim management style (hands on & dynamic) or through a more traditional consultancy assignment. In either case we underwrite our offering by valuing:

  • Your customers & getting to understand quickly what your customers value
  • Your profitability & a long-term approach to it’s continued growth
  • Your confidentiality & IP
  • The leaders and followers in your organisation
  • Commitment & hard work
  • Honesty & plain talking at all levels to avoid any confusion on the need to change & the action required for success
  • Actions that have been carefully and properly developed to align with the vision of your business
  • Leaders who are willing to share accountability and ‘the limelight’ when things go well…& different styles of appropriate leadership
  • The rights of all employees to enjoy their own national & unique business cultures
  • Professional and personal relationships we develop with our clients
  • Trust between us
  • The need for work and play!

In delivering progressive & effective change on your behalf we adopt the following behaviours:

  1. We challenge business leaders first and foremost
    • On who they are – their personal style
    • What they do / how they do it
    • The relevance of their vision for the business
    • Their connections with all parts of the business
  2. We always challenge & probe the ‘status quo’ at all levels & with all employee groups
  3. We try get observable facts – we don’t rely on reported ‘assumptions’ nor computer databases
  4. With permission, we embrace your customers, suppliers and other key stakeholders. 
We will ask ‘the hard questions’ but in a way that seeks to promote enlightenment rather than blame…
  5. We look for and eliminate the waste in your business at all levels. Note: we seek to eliminate waste first – not jobs!
  6. We seek to ensure there is clear appropriate and defined accountability at all levels in an organisation
  7. We seek to ensure there is the necessary buy-in & enthusiasm for change at all levels
  8. We will challenge you and your people to change even if this means re-evaluating the ‘implicit’ things you hold dear that are at the heart of your organisational culture(s)
  9. We acknowledge that there are often ‘paradoxes of control’ within organisations and we work with organisations to help them become more comfortable with these

We are

Jon Laughton B.Sc, MA, MIoD, FRAes.

Current Directorships

  • MD – Ad Manum Consultants Ltd
  • Chairman – Hawksland Holdings Ltd
Jon Laughton

Jon Laughton has over thirty-three years successful business experience in Senior Executive & Director positions – most notably in the Aerospace, Electrical Switchgear, Leisure Marine & Consumer goods sectors. His international business experience includes working in the USA, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Romania, The Netherlands, Italy, France, Brazil, Spain, Mexico, Belgium & Germany.

Formerly the Managing Director of Hurel-Hispano UK Ltd, a £75M turnover, French owned aerostructures design & manufacturing company, Jon formed his own company, Ad Manum Consultants Ltd, in 2005 to provide companies with a ‘one stop shop’ for interim management or consultancy support in a range of services. The business has enjoyed significant growth in what is a very competitive market. Clients include blue chip companies such as Dyson, The Baxi Group, Messier Services UK Ltd, The Kilgour Group, GCT GmbH, Fokker Technologies BV, GKN Munich, SABCA Limburg N.V. & The Balta Group.

In 2005 Jon’s company formed an informal partnership with Gary Windas the MD of Hawksland Associates Ltd (see below); this was a strategic alliance to develop business jointly. The partnership was formalised later that year and in early 2007 Gary & Jon incorporated Hawksland Holdings Ltd as a vehicle for acquiring established engineering businesses that can be developed into a ‘world class’ group supplying the aerospace sector. Their vision for this group is to leverage their significant experience and network of ‘world class’ associates to build a capability that will include Production Engineering, Precision Machining, Composite Manufacturing & Large Sub-assembly. This remains a work in progress.

Jon has a first degree in Metallurgy from Manchester University a Masters in Leadership & Management Learning from Lancaster University Management School, is a member of the Institute of Directors and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Gary Windas MIoD, FRAeS

Gary Windas

Gary is a specialist in strategic business development, commercial, programme, operations and supply chain management he has over 30 years of A & D industry experience – 26 years as a consultant.

Gary helps clients with strategy, tactical execution and turnaround situations – leveraging decades of experience and know-how, market intelligence and insights supporting them: grow market share, open-up new markets, improve operational performance, reduce costs and spend. He
has managed and optimised global supply chains and whole life-cycle programme managed several technology, aircraft aerostructures, engine and systems development programmes.

Amanda Duggan

Amanda Duggan

Amanda is a world leading specialist coach to Leadership teams helping them excel in delivering success for shareholders & employees alike.

She began her career with the Halifax Bank, during which time Amanda worked supporting the introduction of employee involvement / recognition programmes with organisations in Europe, South Africa and the Middle East.

She then spent 13 years with Dale Carnegie Training working with a diverse range of clients in Leadership Development & building high performing teams. Amanda still retains the position of Master Trainer for Dale Carnegie & Associates Inc. and works on behalf of Carnegie University to develop / assess new trainers across the world. She won the Dale Carnegie Trainer of the Year Award for Europe / Middle East and is a Certified Hogan Practitioner, licensed in the Hogan Suite of Instruments

Amanda’s extensive experience in designing & delivering innovative training / development solutions for the private and public sectors ensure she is the ‘go to’ person for Leadership Development

Ian Bryson B.Sc (Team Leader)

Ian Bryson

An experienced Operations & Engineering Managing Director / Operations Director with a demonstrable record of business transformation and performance improvement gained in the aerospace and automotive industries. Through the effective use of strategic business planning, Lean Manufacturing and Continuous Improvement he has provided companies with the leadership & direction to deliver cultural change & quantifiable improvements to all aspects of operational business performance

Trained as an Engineer, with an Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering, his experience to date includes the aerospace, defence, automotive and technology development. He is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and was formally trained in Lean Manufacturing by Kawasaki in Japan.

Recent Assignments

Interim Head of Operations of a Defence contractor manufacturing highly complex Composite structures for Marine, aerospace and defence products during which he managed a complete building refurbishment and site capability enhancement, with an investment budget of £7m

Established the Production Engineering function for a highly reputable aerospace service provider to provide a fully developed team of Engineers with a remit to drive Operational Excellence, Design to Cost and Systems Engineering for bespoke high complexity Multi-million pound projects. This included the optimisation of an auxiliary fuel tank manufacturing cell based on a “Takt driven line” for a complex assembly based on single piece flow. The end customer subsequently awarded the client their supplier of the year.

Delivered a strategy for prototyping and manufacturing development for an innovative technology developer and a full rate manufacturing / supply chain strategy for highly innovative energy recovery and efficiency devices in the on and off-highway sectors.

Professor John Burgoyne B.Sc, M.Phil, Ph.D

John Burgoyne

Professor Burgoyne is an internationally recognised leading thinker, author, expert and advisor in the fields of Leadership & Management Learning/Development. From 1987 until 2012 he was the Professor of Management Learning at Lancaster University & Departmental Head and has the author of over 190 publications in his fields.

Professor Burgoyne retired from full time academic roles in 2012 and now combines part-time positions at Lancaster University Management School, University Campus Suffolk, Ashridge Business School & Henley Business School with individual assignments.

Since the early 1980s Professor Burgoyne has undertaken formally funded research on no less than 40 occasions on behalf of clients in both the private and public sectors and.

His main areas of activity and interest include:

  • The nature of managerial action
  • Managerial careers and the management of careers
  • Management development policy
  • The Learning Organisation, Knowledge Management and the Virtual Organisation
  • Theories of the learning process
  • Evaluation of management education and development programmes

In 2014 Ad Manum Consultants Ltd was delighted to welcome Professor Burgoyne as a new senior associate who will be able add real value to existing and prospective clients in this demanding field.

Joshan Mahmud B.Sc (Hons), MMus

Joshan Mahmud

Josh is a highly sought after Senior Software Developer / Business Analyst with 10 years experience building an extensive range of applications for both the public and private sectors. Equally at home with start ups & established companies, Josh brings technical knowledge and practical experience to the full development lifecycle as well as agile methodologies including SCRUM & TDD.

Josh is acknowledged for his strong business analysis and technical writing skills within a range of teams and industries; he is equally comfortable in working on solo projects or leading teams of developers and acting as the technical lead on your projects.

Based in London Josh can commute easily to all parts of the UK or Europe.

Suzanne Hill C.Eng IMechE, MCQI, CQP

Suzanne Hill

Suzanne has over 20 years experience in developing & applying Continuous Improvement and Quality solutions in senior management positions within the global aerospace sector across multiple locations. Her portfolio covers Aerospace Manufacturing, Assembly and Logistics.

Suzanne has a reputation for achieving significant improvements in productivity and organisational effectiveness by focusing on Lean ‘basics’ such as problem resolution, 5S, visual management, waste reduction, standardised work and kaizen.

Suzanne has a passion for “all-employee” contribution to Continuous improvement, partcularly through the creation and facilitation of “belt” coaching systems (Yellow and Green Belt).

Suzanne is a Chartered Engineer (C.Eng IMechE), Chartered Quality Professional (CQP CQI) with a technical (engineering) and business management education.

Gavin Bridges B.Sc, MIMechE (Senior Associate)

Gavin Bridges

Gavin is a highly experienced performance improvement professional with strong programme/project management skills. His focus is on sustainable profit increases, working capital reductions and service/customer satisfaction improvements. He is able to diagnose root cause problems and rapidly develop appropriate improvements. He is expert in the implementation of simple yet effective Operations & Supply Chain business processes.

Aerospace Experience

  • Project managed the delivery of the A320 flap and slat system
  • Resolved in-service problems with the Panavia Tornado wing sweep mechanisms, BAe Harrier nozzle actuation systems and faulty generator drives on the Avro Vulcan bomber.
  • Other aerospace clients: Lucas Aerospace, Plessey Aerospace, British Aerospace, BAe Marine, Thompson Marconi Sonar Ltd, Marshalls of Cambridge, MOD Fleetlands, and MOD Base Repair Organisation.

Specific Expertise:

  • Applying Lean, Six Sigma, JIT, TQM, and similar lean transformation methodologies
  • Developing solutions to complex Supply Chain problems across Suppliers, Manufacturing, Inventory, Assembly, and Distribution
  • Business Case Development – constructing business cases to verify project viability
  • Developing & executing project plans to budget
  • Performance Improvement: focused on increasing Return On Capital Employed (ROCE)
  • Systems Engineering: Specification, procurement, configuration and tailoring, implementation

Don Landsborough

Don Landsborough

Don is our expert in the field of airline operations and civil aircraft maintenance (AMRO). He has over forty years experience in all aspects of airline operations, particularly engineering & maintenance. He is widely connected throughout the industry having worked with BOAC, British Airways, Field Aircraft Services, GE, Britannia Airways, Airbus Industrie, TUI, Air Astana, low cost South American Airlines & FLYGLOBESPAN.

His international experience takes in Singapore, Kazakhstan, France, Germany & South America and having spent the formative years of his life in Taiwan, Don has a good understanding of the cultural issues affecting Airline operations. He is also fluent in Hokkein.

Don has been an EASA Form 4 holder and was formerly the Chairman of the European Association of Independent Airlines.

Tony Sansom D.M.S, F.I.Q.A, I.Eng (Senior Associate)

Tony Sansom

Tony is a former Head of Quality at GKN Aerospace with a career spanning over 35 Years in Aerospace Composites Design, Manufacturing & processing environments. He is fully conversant with the requirements to gain & sustain all relevant aerospace Regulatory and Customer Quality Approvals. He is acknowledged for his excellent range of analytical skills & lean process knowledge.

As an independent Quality Specialist since 2011 with an in depth knowledge of the techniques required to establish statistical process control in aerospace manufacturing and assembly, he has undertaken a number of key assignments including previously working with SABCA Limburg successfully assisting in their NADCAP audits & qualification. Examples of the assignments undertaken since 2011 are:

  • SABCA Limburg – preparation for NADCAP Qualification Audits
  • Quality Consultancy Activities for GKN in the UK – confidential
  • Setting up the quality systems for a new Composites Spar manufacturing Facility in Bristol
  • CTRM in Malaysia (on behalf of GKN Munich) to improve A350 Flap Rib component supply quality / improve quality systems

Tony will be specifically focussed on the resolution of the quality problems associated with the A350 Flap Support Structure

Steve Sykes C.Eng, MIMechE, MRAeS, MAPM, B.Sc (Senior Associate)

Steve Sykes

Steve has over 30 years experience working at very senior levels in the international Aerospace & Defence Industries for many of the world’s largest corporations including BAE Systems, Goodrich and Marshall. He is an acknowledged expert in Programme Management, Engineering Planning and Organisational Transformation particularly using lean methodologies.

Most recently Steve has been supporting Ultra Electronics leading the MA700 programme and Marshall Aerospace in Programme Director roles responsible for the KC46A Programme, Wide-body aircraft conversions and the P8. He has a reputation for always delivering projects on time and in budget.

As a former Engineering Director for Goodrich Actuation Systems in the UK, Steve ran an EASA Part 21J approved organisation delivering very significant performance improvements and cost savings. Prior to Goodrich Steve worked internationally for BAE Systems on the RJX/BAe 146 programme (Flight Ops, Conversions & General Aircraft Services).

For the A350 assignment in SABCA Brussels, Steve will be particularly focussed on:

  • Planning & coordinating the work breakdown structure activities
  • Working closely on Design related issues affecting the parts manufacturing & assembly cells / applying Lean Engineering concepts
  • Training SABCA personnel in the application of lean principles / concepts

Ad-Manum on assignment

They say…

I had the pleasure of working for Jon when he was Head of Airbus Business. He fostered an excellent team spirit between his direct reports and also with other key functions including Supply Chain, Engineering, and Program Management. His crisp presentational style and clarity of message ensured that the business objectives were understood at all levels within the organization. As a developing manager I found Jon to be very supportive and an excellent coach. Jon was the driving force behind the successful restructuring of the business to overcome a 300% increase in volume, a 60% increase in product variety, and a 20% reduction in cost with minimal capital spend. In addition, he introduced many progressive materials management initiatives including cut to size material delivered to point of use on a 24 hour call off. This greatly reduced the cash burden on the business and improved cycle time. Jon engendered good planning in his organization which allowed his business to meet its financial objectives and delivery commitments despite constant build rate fluctuation and mix changes.

Keith Matthews – VP Operational Excellence – GE Aviation

I’ve worked with Jon Laughton on a number of different occasions over the past ten years and can wholeheartedly recommend him as an extremely resourceful and committed manager / consultant. Jon has accumulated a considerable amount of experience at a senior level in the aeronautical industry both within and outside the UK. He has experience working at both a strategic and operational level and has strong personal values and an extremely high work ethic.

Gary Denham – Managing Director – Next Step Consulting

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Ad Manum Consultants Ltd can assist you in building, maintaining and flying small UCAV/model aeroplanes compliant with the CAA’s Civil Aviation Publication CAP 658 and the Air Navigation Order’s articles 137, 138 & 166.

Our MD, Jon Laughton is an experienced & proficient flyer, certificated by the BMFA and the company has a small but well equipped workshop to meet your needs.

For great UAV / model flying, Ad Manum Consultants Ltd recommends the RC Hotel in beautiful Corfu….tuition available and there is a substantial range of aircraft to fly that suit all types of ability/experience.

Fill in the enquiry form for more details….

We help

Ad Manum is proud to support two charities on a regular basis: Cancer Research UK and The Dogs Trust.

We support Cancer Research through the corporate sponsorship of two fund raising events each year: the T-off golf competition held each summer at the Pike Fold Golf Club in Bury, Lancs and the ‘Doggy Dash’ held at Hollingworth Lake each April.

In the past our MD, Jon Laughton completed the BUPA Manchester 10K fun run for the Dogs Trust and the company regularly makes donations to support this excellent charity.

Ad Manum is pleased to sponsor BMFA National Centre.

Ad Manum Consultants is also proud to sponsor the Poor 4 Cast free fall parachute team.



Hawksland Associates are aerospace and defence consultants providing Business Development, Operational and Technical Support Services to Aerospace, Defence and Security businesses, improving business performance. For more information click here.

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Hawksland Holdings offer consultancy services on Acquisitions, Strategic Business Development, Joint Ventures and Partnerships, Management Consulting,, Technology Development and Insertion, Turnaround Management, and Investments. For more information click here.

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