About Us - J Williams & Associates

About Us

John Williams and all Associates are ex-corporate senior executives with practical and successful “hands on” commercial experience, focused on delivering results.

Managing Director | John Williams

John Williams set up J Williams & Associates in 1994. In his prior corporate career he has held senior positions at Director level in Marketing, Buying and General Management within the UK retail industry. His roles with J. Sainsbury, Savacentre, BHS, Hutchison Telecom, Key Markets and Budgens have covered a wide variety of product categories – packaged food, fresh food, BWS, bakery, non-foods and telecommunications.

John’s unique experience of all sizes of retail outlets, from single shop units (50 sq. m) to the largest hypermarkets provides the basis for a total understanding of the UK retail industry and its marketing strategy. He holds the Diploma of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and is a Master Member of the Institute of Grocery Distribution.

Senior Associate | Hazel Lobo

Hazel Lobo F.Inst.Pa, LLM, PIEMA is an experienced auditor for ISO 9000 Quality Management System, ISO 14000 Environmental Management Systems and British Standards BS 5750 and 8555.

She has held senior management positions in both the manufacturing and the service sector and has successfully devised and implemented compliance systems in these industries for over fifteen years. She is a Practitioner  Member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA), and has a masters degree in Environmental Law.

Associate | Bob Smyllie

Bob Smyllie has operated for many years at board level overseeing Supply Chain, Logistics, Systems and Customer Service functions within the Retail and Wholesale sectors.

His experience is extensive and varied, from managing outsourced warehousing/logistics to ERP/Finance systems selection and implementation.
Bob is an associate member of the Institute of Consulting and committed to continuing his professional development in the consulting industry.

“The most important lesson I have learnt is that simplicity is key to improving process efficiency and business performance”.
With a track record of delivering solutions that improve the operational performance of businesses, he now helps organisations to improve efficiency, reduce costs and more importantly improve customer experience.

Our group of Associates provides expertise over a wide range of disciplines, including: Environmental Consultancy; Logistics; Minimisation Audits for Waste and Energy; Packaging; Packaging Waste Regulations; Project Management; Purchasing; Regulatory Compliance; Returnable Handling Equipment; Supply Chain Management and Training related to these disciplines.