Professor Andrew Thomas

Prof Andrew Thomas Professor Andrew Thomas
Professor in International Logistics and Supply Chain Management
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Key areas: Systems Behaviours, Operational Strategy, Maintenance Management, Lean Six Sigma, KTP, and Quality Engineering

Andrew is the Director of the Centre for Supply Chain Operations and Procurement Excellence (C-SCOPE) at the University of Glamorgan, and leads the Aerospace Supply Chain Group. Andrew was awarded a PhD in Operations Management and a D.Eng for his research into Technology Management. Prior to entering academia, Andrew served in the RAF and followed an industrial career in aerospace, manufacturing and production engineering. He is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Andrew has extensive experience of managing a number of industry based academic projects having previously been: Project Manager for Cardiff University’s SuperMAN (£16.5 Million ERDF project); Project Manager on the Manufacturing Advisory Service contract for six years; a Research Investigator on Cardiff University’s EPSRC / IMRC project (£3Million EPSRC project) and a Project Cluster Leader on the EU FP7 I*PROMS project (7.5Million Euro project). Other recent project management experience includes being a Principal Investigator and Supervisor on nineteen KTP projects as well as Project Manager on the ASTUTE project whilst at the University of Wales Newport.

Andrew teaches operations Management, Supply Chain Systems, statistics and Operational Research and Six Sigma. He has supervised Master’s and Doctoral students to completion since 2002.

Andrew’s current research interests include maintenance strategy and management, production systems design, manufacturing strategy and operations management . He has published over 140 articles, journal papers and delivered a number of keynote speeches in these areas .

C-SCOPE is dedicated to developing innovative strategies and practical solutions that address business problems encountered by organisations in the management of the end-to-end supply chain. The Centre disseminates new knowledge, solutions, and strategies resulting from research and commercially related activity in the form of scholarly and practitioner oriented publications and presentations, teaching materials, and case studies in the primary areas of Supply Chain, Operations management, Logistics and Procurement.