Steve Yorkstone

Steve Yorkstone

Mr Steve Yorkstone MA(Hons) FRSA FICiPS MAC

Business Improvement Consultant


Steve enables continuous improvement in Edinburgh Napier University, where he works as an internal consultant.

In his role he facilitates and runs interventions, from "process reviews" to more tailored workshops; convenes an internal community of practice; and delivers support and advice informally and formally in terms of consultancy, coaching and training.

Externally to the University he chairs Lean HE, the international organisation for continuous improvement in universities (see:

In previous roles he established the "Lean team" in the University of St Andrews and co-designed the Lean "St Andrews Model".

In 2016 he authored "Lean Universities" in Routledge’s Companion to Lean Management.


Fellowships and Awards

  • Fellow: The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts Manufactures and Commerce
  • Fellow: The Institute of Continuous Improvement in Public Services


Editorial Activity

  • Editorial Board Member: The LMJ - thought leadership for process improvement


Conference Activity

  • Conference Chair: 6th Annual LMJ European Conference, 2015
  • Conference Chair: The LMJ OpEx Conference "Achieving Operational Excellence" 2016
  • Parallel Session Chair: EUROMA 2017
  • Programme Committee: Eurpoean Lean Educator Conference 2018
  • Team Member: KATACON Europe 2018