The Team

Richard Holmes

Richard is a Founding Partner of SmartChain International, a trusted advisor with a background in management consulting and industry.

  • SmartChain & Lodestone:  8 yrs business leadership & consulting
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers:  11 yrs supply chain consulting
  • ICI Paints (now AkzoNobel):  13 yrs in manufacturing & operations
  • Industry focus:  Consumer Goods, Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices, Speciality Chemicals 
  • Nationality:  British

John Earley

John is a Founding Partner of SmartChain International, an Internationally recognised expert in Operational Excellence with a long and successful career in both industry and management consulting.

  • SmartChain & Lodestone:  3 yrs business leadership & consulting
  • AstraZeneca: 5 yrs global OE programme leadership & strategy
  • >PricewaterhouseCoopers: 13 yrs management consulting - US
  • Evets Computers:  4 yrs consulting and project management
  • Roll-Royce Aero Engines:  6 yrs in manufacturing engineering
  • Industry focus:  Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices, Aerospace, Discrete Manufacturing
  • Nationality:  British

Patrick Rigoni

Patrick is a Founding Partner of SmartChain International, and comes from Industry with a successful career covering all aspects of operations strategy and operational excellence.

  • SmartChain: 1 yr business consulting
  • Mylan:  3 yrs in generic Pharma strategic supply chain
  • J&J Pharma: 4 yrs tactical and strategic supply planning
  • J&J Janssen-Cilag: 2 yrs Lean manufacturing implementation
  • J&J Cilag:  6 yrs manufacturing and operational excellence
  • Industry focus:  Pharmaceuticals, Biotech, Chemicals 
  • Nationality:  Swiss

Nuno Alves 

Nuno is a Director with SmartChain International, an experienced leader in delivering change in supply chain, financial planning and operating model design.

  • SmartChain & Lodestone:  6 yrs supply chain consulting
  • Deloitte:  4 yrs strategy & operations consulting
  • MoreTextile (Former Grupo JMA):  2 yrs strategic planning and business turnaround
  • Industry focus:  Global Health, Pharmaceuticals, Automotive, Energy/Utilities, Textiles 
  • Nationality:  Portuguese

Anna Lowe  

Anna is a Director with SmartChain International, an experienced leader in the delivery of change, a serial entrepreneur and innovative thinker with a passion for the Global Health and Sustainable Development agenda.

  • SmartChain, Lodestone, Jonova:  6 yrs supply chain planning, governance and Global Health consulting
  • Johnson & Johnson, Beacon Holdings:  8 years operations management
  • Cranfield University:  Fellowship in Manufacturing Management
  • Industry focus:  Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices, Utilities, Electronics, Mechanical Assembly 
  • Nationality:  British