Tony Stephenson

Chair –IMAT NZ Ltd

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Anthony R. Stephenson.

Tony served an Engineering apprenticeship with Transport Equipment Thorneycroft. He taught at the College of Aeronautical and Automobile Engineering in London. Tony worked in Australia with the Australian Organisation for Quality as well as Swinburne College of Technology and was a key player in the development of sandwich (co-operative education) courses in industry. He was Team Leader in developing the first Diploma in Quality in Australia as well as post Diploma programmes on environmental studies.

On arriving in New Zealand, his first role was to help develop the platform and infrastructure for the NZOQ while he worked for the DSIR; he became the inaugural President in1977. In 1983 he set up International Quality Consultants and similar bodies in Japan, India, Singapore, Malaysia, the USA and UK.

He has worked with many Certification bodies in over 15 countries and consulted to clients in 15 Countries, many being SME’s.

He is currently Director of Training and professional development for IMAT NZ Ltd and IQM Strategies, and was Executive Director of the NZOQ (Quality New Zealand). For many years he was Country Councillor for the ASQ in New Zealand. This coupled with many International Conference papers keeps Tony active on Quality, Environment, and OSH as well as Food Safety.

He lectures on management related topics part time in a number of locations and has been a Lead Auditor for DQS AusNZ P/L for many years.

  •          Trained Technical Teacher, Victoria.
  •          B.E. University of Melbourne.
  •          M.E. University of Auckland.
  •         Fellow Chartered Quality Institute UK (FCQI)
  •         Senior Member American Society for Quality.
  •         APEC Assessor and Trainer.
  •         Former President and Life Member - NZOQ.
  •         Business Mentor
  •         Business Excellence (Baldrige) Evaluator

 

His current passions are to explore new ways of Professional Development, Education and Training using simple internet Based Technology for business owners and auditors. He believes that this is a technique very suited to small business as it allows them to move at an appropriate speed, often using their own business systems and data as part of the learning process. Recent projects have involved Health and Safety evaluations for some 40 clients around New Zealand. He has worked on the CQI IMSIG with Ian Dalling for some years. 

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