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: ) and coaches senior leaders in facilitation and change.

In previous roles he has worked with a number of Universities, including establishing the 'Lean team' in the University of St Andrews where he and co-designed the Lean 'St Andrews Model'.

In 2016 he authored "Lean Universities" in the Shingo Prize Winning 'Routledge Companion to Lean Management', and he is editor of the anthology 'Global Lean for Higher Education' due for publication 2019.


Conference Activity

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


Editorial Activity

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


Fellowships and Awards

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