Along the way I threw in a few curved balls like a major retailer project in Ireland as the pilot!
They fairly gave me a hard robust time, but through the tough conversations we found ways to deliver the extreme targets in timescales that others would have still been polishing PIDs in.
This was only possible due to experience, tenacity and pride. When the programme broadened Tony took on the role of change team 'captain' within the biggest business unit.
I cannot speak highly enough of the motivational effect he had on the team that was not used to change of this magnitude and the responsibilities only they could deliver on top of their day jobs. The programme is a success and we are on to the next phases to leverage the investment. There is an palpable sense of achievement that has lifted the business unit as we head into peak. We have delivered in a few months what had defeated others for years!!
Tony's approach of being there in the thick of it gave others the confidence to give it a shot which tipped the probabilities in our favour.”
Chris Airey, CIO, Bezier
"Tony has worked with several of our clients and has received excellent feedback from them all. His ability to provide a strategic input to clients along with excellent operational skills makes him an extremely valuable member of our associate team."
Nick Roach, Project Manager, Winning Pitch plc
Daragh O'Malley, Managing Director, Derby House Group [2003 - 2006]
Mike Beckett of Advocus helped us identify areas of improvement in our operation and then calmly facilitated the selection of a new 3rd party, helped us create a comprehensive and robust move plan and then worked with us throughout the project to ensure a successful on-time implementation. He was a great sounding board at all times and I would recommend him to anyone with similar issues and projects.
Lisa Baglin, Commercial Director, Nails Inc
When facilitating workshops in catalogue critique, catalogue hierarchy design and range review process the Advocus team's passion, knowledge and enthusiasm have proved infectious.
Their understanding of fast paced businesses and growth, current issues that actually matter, industry fashions and trends, and all round experience in delivering real results at the coal face have made working together easy and a pleasure.
Chris Bass, Owner and Commercial Director
"The true test of how successful this new process has been is that, if I was to say we were were going to go back to the old way of working, I'd have a riot on my hands”
Steve Abse, Head of Group Direct Operations, Mothercare
Richard MacNamara, former Company Secretary and Head of Legal, Screwfix Direct
Dave Thomas, Head of Commercial Finance, Screwfix Direct
Matt Tobin, Head of Retail Operations, Screwfix Direct
"The advocus team delivered absolutely everything we could have expected - and then some!!"
Jeremy Maxwell, Group Direct Channels Director, Mothercare
Brian Ashley, former Sales and Marketing Director Clarity Integration
John Ashton, Head of E-Commerce, Screwfix Direct
Darren Vine, Head of Strategy and Development, Screwfix Direct
Phil Walker, Muliti-Channel Director, PC World
Richard Fletcher, former Commercial Manager, Activepoint UK
Simon O'Mahony, Head of Marketing, Screwfix Direct
Chris Pearce-Ramwell, Owner, CPR Logistics