Tony Walker
How Employees Have Helped to Drive the Growth of Toyota

Thursday 20 January 2011

Lecture abstract:

Tony summarised Toyota's global and European growth and how Toyota production systems and management practices have evolved and influenced this.

The principles of 'The Toyota Way' have been pivotal in this growth and Tony focused on how this has been achieved through continuously developing employees, active problem solving, continuous improvement and maximising employee engagement via a bottom-up management approach.

Speaker biography:

Tony Walker joined Toyota Manufacturing UK, as General Manager, Human Resources in 1990. He played a fundamental role in the establishment and development of the company, before taking up a new challenge in Toyota Motor Europe's HQ in Brussels in 2001.

At Toyota Motor Europe he held the position of Vice President of Human Resources and, at different times, senior positions in Manufacturing Corporate Planning and Production Planning and Project Management.

Tony returned to Toyota Manufacturing UK in January 2010 to take up the role of Deputy Managing Director, with direct responsibility for the corporate functions of HR, Accounting and Finance, Corporate Planning and External Affairs.

He graduated from Newcastle-upon-Tyne University with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology in 1977, taking up a graduate trainee position within the motor industry.

Tony, 55, is married with three grown up children. In his spare time he enjoys classic cars, history and being active in his local community.

Tony Walker, Deputy Managing Director, Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd