Andrew McElwee

Position: Director Senior Consultant

Years of Experience: 16

Andrew spent 10 years as a civil engineer for major consultancy firms including Arup and Buro Happold, working on a wide variety of construction projects across the UK. He led master planning and infrastructure projects, including the development of Mermaid Quay in Cardiff Bay, and hydraulic modelling and subsequent design works for Welsh Water (DCWW) as part of the AMP3 directive. He became a management consultant in 2005 primarily to deliver the 3-year, ERDF funded Construct Wales programme, aimed at assisting SMEs in the construction industry. He has assisted organisations from sole-traders to multinationals in areas of process improvement, site-based planning and supply chain development.

Andrew has lead on over twenty supplier development networks to identify and implement supply chain improvements as part of their customer commitment. He has extensive knowledge of all lean sigma tools, techniques and methodologies and has worked with around 100 construction companies apply these to their projects. He also has an extensive track record in collaborative planning and has written a bespoke and unique software package to determine optimum batch size and line-of-balance programmes which is now used by a number of clients.

Andrew is also a Prince2 Practitioner and holds current manager level CSCS certification.



• Lean Construction
• Collaborative planning
• Process mapping
• NVQ training and assessment
• Qualifications authorship
• DMAIC methodologies
• Supply chain developments
• CSCS qualified

Key Achievements

  • Practical applications of lean and six-sigma methodologies to reduce programme durations by up to 40% and comparable cost savings within both the design and site phases of construction projects
  • Trainer and A1 assessor for the NVQ in Business Improvement Techniques for the construction industry
  • Author of a published peer-reviewed paper on batch size reduction in construction presented at the International Group for Lean Construction in Michigan USA
  • Delivered a wide range of training to the construction sector

Key Projects

  • Founding consultant on the Welsh Assembly Government ERDF-funded Construct Wales programme
  • Trainer and assessor of the pilot Business Improvement Techniques NVQ in Construction in partnership with the Learning Skills Council and Wolverhampton College
  • Supply chain development networks for most of the housing associations and consortia in Wales improving maintenance and new build projects
  • Supply chain development projects within the civil and structural arenas including large-scale water infrastructure improvements and building construction, fit-out and handovers
  • Collaborative planning projects across the UK, clients currently include Stepnell and ISG Pearce
  • Developed supply chain delivery training model for WMCCE

Lean Sigma and Collaborative Planning Contract Specific Experience

  • Deliverer of training and coaching workshops
  • Extensive experience of the UK construction market both through his employment as a civil engineer and as a consultant
  • Delivered over 100 collaborative planning workshops and assisted supply chains in the subsequent successful delivery of projects
  • Application of lean sigma support to around 100 construction companies across the UK
  • An ability to deliver tangible benefits to client organisations, often exceeding their expectations
  • Extensive experience of the auditing and reporting requirements of ERDF-funded programmes
  • Ability to travel as shown by his commitment to cover lean interventions across the UK
Professional Membership Member of Institute of Civil Engineers, Chartered Engineer
Health & Safety Qualifications Construction Site Safety Management, CSCS
Environmental Qualifications CEEQUAL Assessor
CSCS Platinum:- Reg no 00853409 Expires Mar 2014
IFL Associate:- Reg AE011659
Teacher Qualifications A1 assessor
PTTLS ongoing (expected completion by end 2010)

Communication and project management skills

Andrew provides a significant amount of project management and reporting support to 6ix consulting. He has developed systems for our own organisation as well as for our clients and has assisted companies on their way towards ISO 9001 and Investors in People accreditation.

He has excellent communication skills as has been demonstrated through his workshop delivery together with the ability to deliver projects on a 1-2-1 basis.

Andrew has written a guide to the continuous improvement within housing voids for the Welsh Assembly Government and has had a paper published on the application of batch size reduction on programme durations.

Industry Experience

  • Successful developments across South Wales and the South West as a civil engineer for ARUP and Buro Happold
  • Project manager numerous infrastructure design schemes including the multi-million pound  AMP3 Rhymney Valley Trunk Sewer improvements
  • Design infrastructure lead on various highway schemes in Wales and Eire
  • Former head of the civil engineering capability for Buro Happold in its Cardiff office

Added Value

  • Qualified as a PRINCE 2 practitioner in project management
  • Deliverer of the Business Improvement Techniques NVQ to construction organisations
  • Highly competent in all commonly used IT packages including those used in the construction industry and has produced numerous excel-based applications for various clients
  • CSCS Qualified