Checkmate Fire CEO John Lewthwaite joins FluidIT for the first in our online event series on Digital for Transformational Growth.

by Sophie Abbott

November 24, 2020

John Lewthwaite CEO Checkmate Fire

This year Checkmate Fire partnered with FluidIT on an operational transformation programme. We worked remotely through lockdown and continuing restrictions to streamline processes and enable performance reporting.

We’re delighted to announce John is joining us on 9 December to kick off the monthly breakfast webinars with the Checkmate Fire transformation programme, touching on how buying a new system is not the only way to overcome challenges. Cloud-based solutions can improve automation and analytics by enhancing existing systems.

John said: “Quite often with IT projects such as this, the scope and costs increase and the team can get obsessed with technical detail and neglect the overall objectives.  We discussed governance and controls with the team at FluidIT at the start, and we implemented the right level of light touch controls to suit our mutual needs.  We knew exactly where we were in respect of programme, deliverables and costs.  Yes, we had a few changes to our scope, but we knew in advance, with certainty in our change control and budget management.  For us, this is the start of a long-term relationship with a partner that understands what is important to our business – as well as being nice people to work with.”

Speaker Bio: John Lewthwaite

Demonstrating a clear understanding of linking strategy to tactical plans, engaging people, and ensuring commercially viable delivery, John joined Checkmate Fire as their CEO in March 2020, having previously spearheaded a comprehensive consultancy project to review their readiness for growth.

As a chartered civil engineer and member of the ICE, John began his career as a project manager at Mouchel in 1988, where he worked his way up to the rank of Operations Director and Technical Director during his 18 years with the business.

Moving on to both results-driven and strategic roles such as managing director, CEO, and an independent business consultant, John has worked across a range of business sectors and services, specialising in generating shareholder value through sustainable, profitable growth.

John’s eye for commercial viability, leaner services, and improved customer focus ensures he is the right person to lead Checkmate on to new and exciting climes.

Having already redefined the vision and strategy for the business, streamlined processes and delivered a full senior management restructure while navigating the impacts of Covid-19, John’s most significant reflection since joining has been recognising the true value of his team and the amount of work achieved during COVID 19 lockdown.

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