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Robert Thompson is an engineer and manager by education; quality, safety and environmental professional by experience and statistical enthusiast out of necessity. He believes that although it is easy to lie with statistics it is hard to tell the truth without them. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) degree from the University of Northumbria, a Master of Science degree in Total Quality Safety & Environmental Management from the Open University & a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Durham along with several other qualifications.

After completing a mechanical and production engineering apprenticeship with a turbine-generator manufacturer, he moved into planning for the offshore industry, followed by a move into quality for a consulting firm which specialised in the turnkey construction of combined cycle gas turbine power stations across Europe. Next he helped to establish a high-volume electronics company as a manager responsible for all aspects of quality, safety and environmental issues and then finally to a filter manufacturing company in NE England.

He is an European Foundation For Quality Management Business Excellence Assessor, Six Sigma Black Belt, Member of the Chartered Institute of Quality Assurance, Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, Senior Member of the American Society for Quality and also a Manager of the Chartered Institute of Management.

His favourite quote comes from Sir FH Royce:

“Strive for perfection in everything you do. Take the best that exists & make it better. If it doesn’t exist create it. Accept nothing as nearly right or good enough”.


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