Meet the team....

Chris Russell 


Chris Set up Virrata to help companies create flow through their businesses. After all 'Virrata' means flow in Finnish.


Prior to setting up Virrata Chris has held a series of senior operational roles in major manufacturing organisations. During this time Chris has gained great insights in to what are the key ingredients for successfully implementing and sustaining improvements in operational excellence as well as what it takes to align operational and commercial excellence.


Chris was responsible for operational excellence across 36 plants in 19 countries in which Luvata has manufacturing operations. In this role, Chris oversaw the development of the Luvata Production System, Luvata Sales System, Pricing and Risk Management to become an integrated operating system throughout a diverse set of operations.


Chris has extensive experience in logistics and lean manufacturing having managed a number of large manufacturing plants for Baxi, Alcoa and an automotive assembly plant for Eurocoach.


Chris holds an MBA from the University of Wales and has studied advanced management at Warwick Business School. He also has a post graduate certificate in delivering quality excellence and is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Logistics.



+44 (0) 753 597 4179

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Andy Sheppard


Andy is an engineer and a former McKinsey consultant who helps leaders and workforces to strengthen their businesses through their operations. He has over eighteen years of experience in coaching others to lead deep, systematic change and in translating principles from the Toyota Production System to benefit businesses in diverse industries.


Andy’s outlook is grounded on experiencing change on the shop floor and navigating change while in engineering and operational roles in Shell and Crown Cork. During five years with McKinsey & Company he specialised in hands-on leadership of transformations in diverse industries across the USA, Europe and Asia. For the last thirteen years he has worked in similar fields as an independent advisor and with trusted associates, in addition to developing books and articles to train others. More information can be found at


Andy earned BA and MEng degrees in manufacturing engineering from the University of Cambridge, together with a New Graduate Award from the Royal Academy of Engineering. 



Niels Gørup Christiansen


Based in Denmark,Niels has been central in several complex, epoch-making change management programs in corporate groups for the last 20 years. That includes design and implementation of “Business Excellence” at Grundfos, global senior management roles in Johnson Control and the world wide set-up and implementation of an internal quality training program for the LEGO group called “Learning by playing”


Niels is known for running Continuous Business Improvement that gives documented and sustainable bottom line results - and at the same time happy people and an efficient management system for CBI.

Niels has an MSc in Mechanical Engineering from Technical University of Denmark and a Diploma in International Business Administration (BSc)


Virrata works in partnership with New Future Formula, owned by Niels Gørup Christiansen

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Flow: Verb [fləʊ]

> To proceed continuously and smoothly

> Glide along as a stream

Flowing > Progressive tendency

Flow of spirits > Habitual cheerfulness

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