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Tom Zunder was born 1965 in Croydon and was brought up in Hull where he attended Bricknell Primary and Junior schools as well as Kelvin Hall Senior High. He read Economic and Social History as his first degree. Much of his time at University was spent playing roleplaying games such as RuneQuest, Chivalry and Sorcery, Traveller and others. On graduating he foiled expectations by getting a real job in the steel industry, starting with British Steel as a commercial graduate trainee at Shepcote Lane, Sheffield. Starting in Sales and Marketing his career has progressively incorporated the functions and skills of Purchasing, Logistics, Supply Chain Management and Information and Communication Technology. As part of his career he qualified at Cranfield University with a MSc in Distribution and Logistics in 1999. In 2002 he joined the University of Sheffield as a Senior Research Associate and in 2004 moved to the University of Newcastle as Research Manager, Freight and Logistics in the NewRail Centre for Railway Research. Married with children and grandchildren, Tom likes to play roleplaying games, take photographs on his cameras and to dabble endlessly with computers. He has a long standing interest in home cinema. His new and developing passion is gardening and vegetable growing. He has run a roleplaying bulletin board (BBS) called the Tavern for well over a decade..
Ann is a manager with many years experience in Sales and Marketing, primarily in manufacturing industry. Ann is a team leader equally at home in the Sales Office, Shopfloor or Board Room. Her career has had parallel streams of line management, strategic review, internal consultancy, project management and change management. She is fluent in French and comfortable in international, multicultural environments. Ann is a strong communicator and highly skilled in deploying a vision. Ann is capable in modern HR techniques of people recruitment, training and development, understanding that people are the only sustainable advantage. On an IS/IT level Ann has been involved in the design, specification, project management and implementation of IS/IT solutions, including various commercial order handling systems. Since 2002, Ann has been able to take her hands-on line management experience into the arena of Business Change, being an architect and leader of a business wide programme of world-class manufacturing, based on Lean Manufacturing principles. Developing the Lean transformation from both the ‘softer’ leadership and the ‘harder’ process improvement standpoints has allowed Ann to help transform the Sales and Marketing function into a customer orientated, value stream driven organisation ‘pulling’ change by continuous improvement throughout all functions of the business toward a clearly developed and coherent vision. Ann used her leadership and coaching skills to bring about sustained business change through process improvement in a manufacturing environment. In recent years Ann has coordinated the dissemination and marketing of research outputs for NewRail: Centre for Railway Research at Newcastle University. Her recent hobbies include sudoku and knitting but the newest is acting in the local People’s Theatre..
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