About Us

Our exceptional team and trusted partners cover a full range of skills and experience in consulting, training and coaching. David Hutchins Innovation is based in the United Kingdom with our team members spread throughout the country.


David Hutchins (Principal of DHI, Tutor and Consultant)

Following a career in Industrial and Production Engineering in the Automotive and Printing machinery sectors, resulting in the position of Works Manager, David moved into Education and consultancy in 1969 primarily to stimulate a response from British manufacture to the growing challenge from Japan. He organised the first ever seminar in the UK entitled Total Quality Control in 1973. Established his own consultancy, education and training organisation in 1975, was responsible for the inspiration and organisation of the epoc making event The Japanese Approach to Product Quality held at the Institute of Directors in 1979 at which Professor Ishikawa made his one and only ever visit to the UK and Europe. Since then David Hutchins has continued to pursue and confirm his beliefs in an approach to the achievement of Quality Excellence through people involvement and empowerment as opposed to the short sighted conformance route.  

Specialties:  Hoshin Kanri, Policy and Strategy Deployment and Policy Control, Project by Project Improvement, Root Cause Analysis (RCA), self managing work groups and Quality Circles, New Product Development tools and process, Supply Chain Management, Benchmarking, creation and deliver of distance learning materials to Level 7 from Level 3 in the Quality Sciences and Disciplines.  David has implemented Quality Circles into a regional organisation of the British Ambulance service and to Etisalat, the sole Telecommmunications company in the Arab Emirates.  David's Affiliations* UK Secretary General - International Association of Schools Quality Control Circles (IAQCCC). * Honorary Member - Asian Pacific Quality Society. * Fellow - Chartered Quality Institute UK (CQI). Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute  * Senior Member - American Society for Quality (ASQ). * Juran Institute Master Black Belt. *David is Author of a number of publications in the Quality Management field, details of which can be found on our publications page: publications page. *His new 300 page book entitled 'Hoshin Kanri - A Strategic Approach to Continuous Improvement' published by Gower Press in September 2008. *Hundreds of articles published in a wide variety of management magazines since the mid 1970s to the present day.

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Mike Hutchins (Tutor, Consultant)

A Chartered Accountant/CPA and Certified Co-Active Coach with 15 years consulting experience, specialising in Change and Project Management, Financial Management/ ERP implementations, Employers include AECOM (3 years) PwC and IBM BCS (8 years). Atos KPMG Consulting (2 years), worked in a variety of industries including Defense and the Government Sector.

Mike is a CPA/Chartered Accountant with 20 years international consulting experience. His expertise is in managing large global change programmes for clients such as Vodafone, Cemex and Wolseley. He has worked in multiple industries, including Telecoms, Automotive, US Federal Government Contracting, Logistics and Distribution, Manufacturing, Retail, Healthcare and Financial Services.

Mike is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and has designed numerous successful BPR programmes. He is a Certified Co-Active Coach. He is certified in numerous 360 assessment tools such as the Leaderhip Circle Profile. In his spare time Mike likes to do Stand Up, Acting and Improv and is fascinated about how this can be applied to the business world.


Mike Debenham (Trainer, Consultant)

BSc (Civil Engineering); Chartered Engineer (CEng), Chartered Quality Professional, Fellow of the Chartered Quality Institute (FCQI), Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (MICE)

Mike was previously Executive Director for Policy and Professional Affairs at the CQI. Having been part of the quality profession for some forty years, he has authored and launched a number of CQI training courses, e.g. Process design and performance improvement, Problem solving using root cause analysis and others. He also project managed the development of the CQI’s body of quality knowledge, the website knowledge hub and qualifications such as the new Chartered Quality Professional qualification.  

Throughout his career he has had the privilege of delivering CQI and other quality-related training courses for The UN Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons; SERCO; Coca Cola Enterprises; Siemens Shared Services, USA; Babcock International; Balfour Beatty; The Tanzania Telecommunications Company Ltd; The UN Logistics Base, Brindisi, Italy; The UK Ministry of Defence, Bath and The Arab Academy for Science and Technology, Alexandria, BHP Petroleum, Melbourne; GEC Alsthom Signalling Ltd, UK; Woodside Offshore Petroleum, Perth, Australia; Santos, Adelaide; Sydney Ports Authority; The Electricity Corporation of New Zealand; Conoco Norway Inc; the EU experimental nuclear research laboratory, the Safety Technology Institute at Ispra, Italy and others. 


John Dansey (Tutor)

John has been involved in Quality as a manager, trainer and consultant for over 45 years and in that time he has assisted organisations to achieve compliance to a variety of standards. He has assisted organisations in diverse industries such as the Car Industry, Poultry Processing, Dairy, Bakery and Coffee Processing where he has been involved in implementing ISO 9001 and The British Retail Consortium – Global Standard for Food Safety including HACCP- and has implementedISO/IEC 17025 in DNA, Chemical and Forensic Laboratories and the Aeronautic Industry Standard AS9100. He as been the Lead Tutor on 140+ Lead Auditor and Auditor courses in over 24 countries and has been with a Third Party Assessment body.