About us

Maureen Whyman is the founder of Lose the Box. In recognition of her continued work on Business Improvement in the public sector, she’s held a Fellowship of the Chartered Quality Institute for 15 years. With an MA in Quality Management and Improvement, she has a strong combination of academic, strategic and practical knowledge to support and guide you.

Maureen was born in Yorkshire and raised in a caring, medical family environment. RSCN0654She takes pride in her down to earth approach and values authenticity as a key strength. She is passionate about making a difference and leaving a legacy to future generations.

Business Improvement has fascinated Maureen since graduating in Zoology and discovering quality control. She’s established quality systems in food and industrial plants, social enterprises, and public sector, meaning she’s a real expert in tailoring business improvement approaches for you.

Maureen is an experienced facilitator in Business Excellence, Total Quality Management and Lean Thinking. Her extensive experience and behavioural training give her a unique, non-intrusive way of working, which inspires confidence, capability and commitment to improvement in others.


How we work

Partnership working is at the heart of what we do. We  coach and challenge people  to be the best they can be. Our tried and tested approach applies equally to complex change and quick wins. Plus it can be applied to the public sector, business environments, healthcare providers, local authorities and social enterprises.

We initially focus on changing mind-sets and behaviours to embrace the changes ahead. Then we give people ways to use their new behaviours, in the shape of new technology, tools and processes.


Our Ethos

At the heart of our workshops and other events is our ethos for improvement. We always:

  • Take professional pride in everything we design for you
  • Create safe environments, and encourage you to ‘have a go’
  • Transfer our skills to you through collaboration and innovation
  • Combine light-hearted humour with challenge to ensure effective outcomes
  • Focus on approaches that will bring you measurable benefits

We have found that this style encourages the confidence and creativity needed for lasting improvements.

If you are interested in finding out more about how we can work with you then please contact us directly on 07824 660 120 or email info@losethebox.co.uk

“Maureen would suggest ideas like individual coaching or a group exercise or workshop. She also empowered me to make decisions and to plan the events. She trusted me to do what was best with the project and this helped me enormously and the results speak for themselves.”
Julian Swainbank

Lean Practitioner, HMRC

“Maureen’s wealth of experience in associated lean methods around Change is clear and her confidence to stop the group rushing towards solutions is particularly helpful. She is pragmatic, a team player and someone excited to bring about positive ideas in the field of Change within Public Services. Exactly the type of person the group needs.”
Bob Thomas

Chair, Association for Project Management, Enabling Change SIG

“Maureen has volunteered for Click Nottingham (formerly Nottingham Circle). Maureen has provided exceptional consultancy support to design, co-facilitate and evaluate new processes and structures. We have already started to see performance improvement and this is just the start! This has been an invaluable resource, at a critical growth point.”
Toni Esberger

CEO, Click Nottingham

“I have been impressed by the approach you have taken towards a remarkably ‘challenging’ team. I was interested by the clarity with which you applied the technique of ‘test’ and ‘challenge’; something that many managers don’t use effectively. You are a tremendous asset to this project and you have a wonderful professionalism which engenders tremendous trust and respect.”
Alison Bingham

Director of Business & Enterprise, The Bulwell Academy

“On a personal level Maureen always kept the organisation on its toes, never flinching from raising appropriate challenge and making us consider different views and perspectives. She has continuous improvement in your heart, so we wish her good luck! “
David Brookes

Operational Delivery Manager, HMRC

“This visit helped in many ways, I liked the coaching style you used as you did not say which options to go for, but highlighted the advantages and disadvantages of each one. I liked the fact that you used your experience to challenge my thinking, and your support helped me achieve great business feedback. Thanks Maureen, it was a pleasure working with you.”
Kam Rai

Practitioner , HMRC

Lose the Box

Please contact us if you want more information or you are interested in a free business health check.

Phone Number: 07824660120

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