JULY 2018


Welcome to our July Newsletter 


2019 National Summit announced

After the great success of our 2018 Best Practice Network National Summit, we are very pleased to announce the exciting theme for our 2019 National Summit: 'The Smart Future - People, Technology and Business’. The Summit will be held in Melbourne on 22 February 2019 - book it into your calendar now!

More details about the Summit are outlined in this newsletter below (and remember free participation is part of your Best Practice Network membership).


Best Practice Network to launch in NZ

We are expanding into New Zealand, and looking forward to having more companies involved with our growing collaborative network. Victor Caune is leading the charge, with Maria Yakimov supporting Victor as our new NZ Network Coordinator. In her previous role as WA Network Coordinator, Maria was instrumental in helping establish our WA network. We are delighted to welcome Meg Sage as our new WA Network Coordinator. 

Victor welcomes referrals for your colleagues in New Zealand who you think will benefit from involvement with the Best Practice Network - Victor’s contact details are below. 

Meg Sage.jpeg

[Meg Sage, our new WA Network Coordinator]

Dennis McCarthy Workshops - UK Lean Expert


The Best Practice Network is proud to host Dennis McCarthy, UK-based Author and Lean Expert, to run a series of workshops in August and September 2018, across QLD, WA, NSW and Victoria. 

These premium two-day workshops are recommended for Operations Managers, Maintenance Managers and CI Managers wanting to improve their Lean TPM skills, apply proven Lean TPM diagnostic benchmarks, and drive flow and flexibility through focused improvement. 

All event details are at our website.

We are here to support you

You are not alone! The Best Practice Network connects with you with like-minded industry practitioners, to inspire you and your work colleagues through a wide range of events and experiences across Australia (and New Zealand shortly). Please do not hesitate to contact our team and we can find your answers!

We look forward to seeing you at events throughout the year. 


Best wishes, 

Victor Caune

National Facilitator - Best Practice Network 


+61 413 718 986


Upcoming Events

17 July 2018
Leica Biosystems - Safety Professionals’ Breakfast 


24 July 2018
PPG - CI Leaders’ Breakfast


24 July 2018
- Supply Chain Simulation Workshop 


25 July 2018
Jason Windows
- CI - A Practical Approach in a Multicultural Environment


26 July 2018

EGR - Moot Court / Safety Leadership 


2 August 2018

CSR Viridian - Safety - Personal Accountability


2 August 2018

Airbus Group - Global Collaboration - Digital Obeya


9 August 2018

Coca-Cola Amatil - Building Capability Through Culture Change


9 August 2018

Business Leader Dinner - Parramatta


22-23 August 2018

Australian Red Cross Blood Service - Coaching Lean Problem Solving


Dennis McCarthy National Workshops - Lean TPM 

- QLD, 29-30 Aug 2018

- WA, 4-5 Sep 2018

- NSW, 10-11 Sep 2018

- VIC, 13-14 Sep 2018   

6 September 2018

Southern Cross Ceramics - Lean Going Digital


22 Oct - 1 Nov 2018

North America Lean Study Tour - AME Conference San Diego plus US/Canada Pant Visits


22 February 2019 

2019 National Summit

The SMART Future: Impact on People, Technology and Business Models

Latest Event Calendars:

- VIC 2018 Calendar

- NSW 2018 Calendar

- QLD 2018 Calendar

- WA 2018 Calendar

And remember you can visit our website to:

- View Event Flyers

- View Calendars

- Register Online


Fashion Garments Limited - 

Our proud member in Vietnam

[photo L-R: Kevin Bennett, QLD/NSW Network Facilitator, Ashoka Seneviratne, FGL Merchandising Director, Ron Spiteri, Best Practice Network Managing Director)

Congratulations to Fashion Garments Limited (FGL) in Vietnam on renewing their Best Practice Network membership. FGL are actively pursing their Continuous Improvement journey, and we look forward to their ongoing involvement and contributions to the network.


Leica Biosystems wins Manufacturing Award

Congratulations to Leica Biosystems, an active member of the Best Practice Network, who won the 'High growth sector – Medical Technology and Pharma' Award at the Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame Awards. 

A very well-deserved win for this innovative high-performing company, well done Leica! 


Save the Date!

Best Practice Network National Summit

Friday 22 February 2019


2019 Theme:  'The Smart Future - People, Technology and Business’.

In manufacturing, supply chain and service businesses, new and existing smart technologies are both a threat and a strategic opportunity. This change is accelerating exponentially. Are you READY? 

In a competitive global market it is critical that your people leverage new technologies, together with lean thinking, to survive and grow. Businesses that can change ahead of the coming disruptions will avoid irrelevance.

Join us in Melbourne for insights from leading Australian examples and future possibilities. Expert speakers from business, industry and research will share their practical experience and predictions during this full day of interactive networking - all details including speakers and location to be announced shortly. 

Our 2019 Summit will examine:

  • What are the best practice examples of technological innovation right now?
  • How does new technology threaten or enhance our business and our work?
  • How much automation of data and machines works best?
  • What are the impacts of new IT innovations on our people, and future skills requirements?
  • How will office automation change our work?
  • What are the practical advantages behind the new technology buzzwords?
  • How do we avoid the pitfalls and gain the benefits?

Booking enquiries: Neil Hooke, Network Facilitator neil@bestpracticenetwork.com.au


Recent Event Highlights


27 June 2018 - Operational Readiness for Major Change & Lean 1 Year On - Coca-Cola Amatil WA

”The process of managing the building projects from start to finish was flawless. The amount of effort that went in to identify and winning support from their informal leaders was also fantastic. It was humbling for me to see their self-reflection toward current growth in their journey, and this self-reflection will be a stepping stone for further growth. The continued engagement of employees toward 5S utilized excellent methods to achieve a positive business outcome. Overall the factory looked clean and employees were courteous and engaged. The presentation was excellent. 

I wanted to say thanks to CCA for having us. I look forward to us sharing further ideas with each other”.

Asnus Smith, State Productions Manager - BlueScope Building Components


31 May & 1 June 2018 - Value Stream Mapping Two-Day Workshop - SealedAir VIC

“From my perspective the two day session was really informative. It was great to be able to go through the process of VSM with the SealedAir team as well as all the other participants and see the theory put into practice on one of their production processes. The whole team was willing to share their process and production concerns with us and were very open to improvement suggestions."

Troy Hixon, Group Quality Engineer, CCL Secure


30 May 2018 - Batch to Pulse to Flow - Scientific Gaming NSW

“I found the Scientific Gaming event to be extremely professional and most importantly thought provoking. The input and contribution from those in attendance was also extremely beneficial, with such a diverse range of talent and experience present.

I personally gained a great insight into the challenges faced when implementing a change program of such magnitude. A very rewarding experience."

Craig Menzes, General Manager NSW, Dotmar 


24 May 2018 - Team Work, Visual Management and Workplace Organisation - Incitec Pivot Fertilisers QLD

“These work groups are really beneficial as it gives you an indication on how other companies deal with the same cultural challenges we do. We also learn better ways to do things. One of the things we picked was the “manage of change” concept”

Andre Styrdom, Regional Manager, Laminex


Join our Best Practice Network Group on Linkedin

Best Practice Network group encourages constructive contributions from Operational Professionals around the world.

Group members are encouraged to contribute their comments and their own posts provided that these topics relate to best practice in operations.

Connect with us today!


Your Best Practice Network Team


Victor Caune

National Facilitator

+61 413 718 986



Kevin Bennett

New South Wales and Queensland Facilitator

+61 407 144 963



Neil Hooke

Victoria Facilitator

+61 419 569 017



Mike Sage

Western Australia Facilitator

+61 408 936 601





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