Matthew Linsley


Currently the Director of ISRU, Matt joined the unit in 1999 after graduating from the School of Mathematics and Statistics with a Masters in Mathematics and Statistics. He has worked for business and industrial clients within the manufacturing, service and healthcare sectors, finding innovative solutions to practical problems. He has 15 years experience in engagement activities including consultancy, organisation development, learning programmes, and placement student supervision.

- extensive experience of designing and delivering Continuous Improvement (CI) (inc. Lean Six Sigma) and applied statistics programmes for business and industry in the UK and Europe

- the novel application of industrial statistics tools in non-manufacturing environments including the use of Lean Six Sigma in healthcare

- Coaching and mentoring staff in the use of statistical tools and techniques to improve operational performance in organisations across a range of sectors including manufacturing, service and healthcare

- Delivering programmes to assist regional SMEs with new product development and innovation using established and novel techniques

Roles and Responsibilities

Matt manages outreach projects with ISRU clients. He has a broad and diverse experience in applying Lean Six Sigma and applied statistics methodologies in the private and public sector, in manufacturing, service and healthcare environments. He provides training, coaching, consultancy and advice on the application of techniques such as Design of Experiments (DoE), Statistical Process Control (SPC), Capability Analysis, Measurement Systems Analysis and statistical software packages.

Matt regularly liaises with clients to identify requirements (Voice of the Customer), identify opportunities for business benefit from applying CI and statistical practices and communicate possible technical solutions. He develops new business to support the long-term viability of the unit by attending and presenting at events, visiting local and national companies, networking with business units, consultants and relevant bodies and putting together bids and proposals.


CStat, 2014, Royal Statistical Society
MMathStats, Masters in Mathematics and Statistics 1999, Newcastle University 

Previous Positions

Technical Manager - ISRU, Newcastle University, 2004-2007
Research Associate - ISRU, Newcastle University, 1999-2004
Research Associate Secondment - University of Technology Sydney (UTS), 2001-2002


ENBIS - European Network for Business and Industrial Statistics


Basic Spanish

Informal Interests

Learning languages, travelling, watching football, playing cricket, skiing, reading, playing the piano