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Our Expert Consultants

The Explic8 Team has a combined 140+ years of business experience.
Our Directors take a hands-on role in every Explic8 engagement, harnessing this experience to help you drive your business further.

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The Senior Management Team

  • Ian Nicholls
  • Al Friedle
  • Niall Murray
  • Shah Alam
  • Harry Ferris
  • Ian Nicholls

    CEO Ian is an experienced business leader with a proven track record of delivering profitable growth through sales development and operational performance improvement.

    With a consulting career spanning almost four decades, Ian has delivered results for leading organisations across the UK and Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and America. Ian is a change and strategy expert with a demonstrated ability to drive large-scale business transformation, embedding change and building a platform for continual progression.

    Prior to his consulting career, he held senior leadership roles with several blue-chip companies with full P&L responsibilities; real-world experience he brings to each Explic8 engagement.

    Key Areas of Expertise

    • Strategy Development
    • Quality Management & Compliance
    • Supply Chain Management
    • Programme & Project Management
    • Operational Improvements
    • Pharmacovigilance
    • New Product Introduction
    • Factory design and layout
    • Training & Personal Development
    • Strategic Procurement & Sourcing
  • Al Friedle

    Managing Partner Al is an operational excellence expert, trainer and coach who helps Explic8 clients drive profitability through strategic growth, waste elimination and quality enhancement. He has worked with some of the world’s most recognisable brands to execute tactical operating plans and deliver results.

    With more than 30 years in consulting, Al has a proven and sought-after approach to lean deployment and lean six sigma programmes. He is known for his ability to effectively engage stakeholders from the shop floor to the board and drive sustainable culture change.

    Key Areas of Expertise

    • Project Management
    • Quality Management
    • Global Lean Initiatives
    • Value Chain Management
    • Process Improvement
    • Pharmacovigilance
    • Technical Innovation
    • Operational Excellence
    • Staff management and Development
    • Business Process Re-engineering
  • Niall Murray

    Managing Partner Niall is an experienced PMP Project Management Professional who delivers robust, holistic business solutions to a wide range of organisational challenges. Amongst Explic8 clients, he is known for his ability to lead and deliver complex projects on-time and on-budget.

    Trained in leading project management methodologies, Niall takes the best of each to shape his unique and trusted approach. A logical, focused business analyst, he has significant experience in Lean Six Sigma, delivering projects across Europe and America.

    Key Areas of Expertise

    • Strategy Development
    • Quality Management & Compliance
    • Supply Chain Management
    • Programme & Project Management
    • Operational Improvements
    • Pharmacovigilance
    • New Product Introduction
    • Factory design and layout
    • Training & Personal Development
    • Strategic Procurement & Sourcing
  • Shah Alam

    US Business Partner Shah has over twenty-five years’ experience in the world of operational consulting. He has delivered projects with clients as diverse as rare earth mineral miners to call centers, and manufacturing companies among others.

    Shah graduated from London Metropolitan University with a BA (Hons) in Accounting. He subsequently attained his MBA in Strategy and Finance from Kingston University in Surrey, England. He is based out of Dallas, Texas having moved to the US in 2015, and is an avid hiker, traveler and enjoys writing in his spare time.
  • Harry Ferris

    Program Director Harry joined explic8 after graduating from Leeds Beckett University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Studies and holding a range of management positions within food retail and distribution.

    Working with clients of all sizes, Harry has delivered projects across the UK and the USA operating within manufacturing, program management, process optimisation and technology solution implementation. Mentored by the Managing Partners of explic8, Harry has experience in Lean Six Sigma, project management methodologies and business transformation.