The next 10 years have been described as the
“Decisive Decade”.
What we choose to do, or not do, in the next few years
will have global consequences for centuries or millennia to come.

Sustainability, environmental and social responsibilities are essentially ‘business drivers’ like cost, risk and performance. They can be incorporated into a Value Framework, with scales of significance, and they can be included in cost/benefit evaluations and justifications. But, like risk, they are ‘fuzzy’ when compared to hard cash or performance metrics. The potential long-term impacts are inherently uncertain, both in degree and in significance. They are also extremely difficult to measure, even indirectly with presumed ‘predictive indicators’. Success or failure will not be evident until it is too late. 

These issues make it imperative that our decision-making skills are given a boost. The most profound global effects are likely to come from groundswell adjustments in the many small decisions that are being made daily by everyone. But…

…it is hard to make the practical connections between ‘big issue’ agendas (such as climate change, energy transition, sustainability and social responsibility) and our day-to-day actions, priorities and habits. This applies both in the workplace and in our personal lives. Deciding what, and how much, to sacrifice in the short term, for the benefit of the long term – and perhaps a multi-generational long term – is very difficult. 

So, how do we keep multiple interests happy,
with resource and time constraints, while…

...managing typical human tendencies when it comes to making
Difficult Decisions?

  • Do nothing (avoid decision)
  • Do what was done last time (avoid thinking)
  • Push the decision up the line
  • Push the decision down the line
  • Go for cheapest cash cost (ignore future)
  • Listen to ‘who shouts loudest’
  • Follow “group think” / lowest common denominator
  • Subjective vs objective criteria


What are the best practices to overcome these? 

Online Workshop

Our Art of Decision Making in the Decisive Decade workshop held on the 16th March, highlighted decision-making best practices and demonstrated how you can determine what is worth doing, why, and when in asset management. 

Watch now or find this and a selection of other videos and resources in our Downloads library. 

Discover more…

Optimized Decision Making; we can help

With over 25 years’ experience in quantifying, optimizing and facilitating asset management decisions, we are highly pragmatic and flexible.

We can show you how to…

  • Select the best value options, and demonstrate why they represent best value.
  • Defend and justify the actions that are most worthwhile, and their optimal timings.
  • Cancel or defer the right projects or tasks, with least risk & downstream consequences.

We have award-winning
Decision-making and value optimization tools

Leading-edge solutions, training, and support for asset investment planning, maintenance optimization,
aging/obsolete asset renewals, spares/inventory strategies, and other Asset Management decisions. 

We can help you to evaluate options, quantify implications (including the ‘intangibles’),
explore scenarios and determine the optimal strategy using any available mix of data,
expert knowledge and uncertain assumptions.

...and we can provide
Professional Asset Management Training

We are the most experienced and comprehensive provider of professional development in all aspects of Asset Management. Education and Training results in higher productivity, motivation and better decision-making; we can offer…


Our decisions will be in the spotlight during the decisive decade, along with the efforts and commitment needed to implement the resulting changes. 

The Woodhouse Partnership can help you and your organisation optimize existing decision-making frameworks to identify business benefits and operational efficiencies to support the organisational objectives required to make the radical changes needed. 

Need help or advice? Get in touch with our award-winning team

Consultancy Services

We are a leading source of global expertise, with unrivalled multi-sector experience in developing Asset Management capabilities through customised transformation programmes.

Unrivalled Education
& Training

We are the most established and experienced worldwide provider of Asset Management education and training. Discover how we can help you and your organization at every step of the journey.

Decision-Making &
Optimization Tools

We provide leading-edge tools, processes, and systematic competency-building. Facilitating value-optimized decision-making, with incomplete information, is one of our specialties. 

Susan Steyn

Susan Steyn is a seasoned expert with over 30 years of experience in Management, Operations, Business Development, and Supply Chain across diverse industries. Her core focus lies in spare parts management and inventory optimization. Throughout her career, Susan has held key leadership roles in multinational companies such as GE, Dow, Roche, Bayer, Lloyds Register, and Woodhouse Partnership.

With a strong background in strategic leadership, P&L management, and lean manufacturing, Susan has consistently driven business turnarounds and growth. She excels in international global business management and has a proven track record of expanding market presence and building strong client relationships.

As a Six Sigma Black Belt and PMP certified professional, Susan is adept at implementing process improvements and managing complex projects. Her expertise in data analysis, project management, and ERP systems ensures effective spare part management and optimal inventory levels.

Susan’s contributions to various companies include revenue growth, cost reduction, successful software launches, and the establishment of strategic alliances. Her commitment to diversity and inclusion, coupled with her leadership in team building and mentorship, have created a culture of excellence in every organization she has worked with.

Overall, Susan Steyn is a results-oriented leader with a passion for leveraging data-driven decision-making and innovative strategies to optimize spare parts management, reduce downtime risks, and enhance profitability in any business environment.

José Luis Perdomo R

José Luis cuenta con una experiencia exitosa en multi-industrias públicas y privadas, donde desempeñó cargos gerenciales, líder de aplicación técnica especializada, puestos operativos y en mantenimiento, así como en áreas de consultoría sustentando nivel operativo, táctico y estratégico.

Ha formado parte de proyectos de mejoramiento de gestión de activos, confiabilidad operacional, integridad y mantenimiento en Latinoamérica en diferentes empresas creando valor al negocio con resultados técnicos y económicos importantes.

Facilitador e instructor acreditado en temas relacionados con la gestión de activos, mejores prácticas, metodologías de administración gerencial y técnicas especializadas.

Robinson Medina

Mechanical Engineer with 31 years of experience. Specialist in implementation processes of activities
associated with Asset Management under the ISO 55001 approach, Implementation of diagnostic
programs and audits of management systems, Specialist in applying reliability methodologies such as
Reliability-Centered Maintenance, risk-based inspection, Cause Analysis Root, Life Cycle Cost Analysis,
Condition Based Maintenance, Failure Modes and Effects Analysis, Mechanical Integrity among others.
He has been an Equipment Mechanical Integrity Engineer, an experienced user of traditional NonDestructive Testing such as Ultrasound, Infrared Thermography, Superficial Techniques, Industrial
He has led and participated in countless applications in the field of reliability and condition monitoring,
with special emphasis on the generation and execution of policies and maintenance plans aimed at
achieving the “minimum total business impact” guaranteeing Safety, Hygiene and Environment

Damien Carter

Over his 28 plus year span in the industrial sectors with working technical backgrounds in Project & Construction Management, Asset Operations and Maintenance Reliability Management, and being certified in various courses of study; Damien has gained the knowledge and experience and has had proven successes throughout his tenure in the Oil, Gas, Petro-Chemical and Construction sectors. Establishing his-self in the various sectors, Damien’s first experience and success started in the Construction Sector in estimating engineering. This was the stepping stone for Damien and has paved the way for his passion and continued success in supporting People, Process, and Systems in an organization.

Damien has held positions in local, international and multi-national corporations and comes from a working background in the fields of environmental, operations, project and construction management, operations maintenance and reliability management, planning, supervisory management, and has proven his abilities to succeed in each field.

Richard Ardolino

Rich was an Engineer and Project Manager professional at the New York Power Authority for over 30-years. In addition to being the first Project Manager for the Niagara Project Upgrade, Rich rose to be the Vice President of Engineering having started in Operations Engineering decades earlier. Rich went on to be Vice President, Transmission and Substation at AECOM responsible for hundreds of millions of dollars in design and construction. Rich joined Woodhouse Partnership, North America and participates in aligning organization towards ISO 55000 and many reliability studies supporting DST.

Aleck Santamaría De La Cruz

Executive in Operational Excellence, Asset Management and Best Practices in Projects, Operations and Maintenance in the Energy and Industrial Sector.
Consultant, Instructor and International Lecturer on issues related to project management (risk management), operational reliability, strategic management of operations, maintenance, Asset Management in the energy sector (ISO 55001) and Applied Data Analytics.
PMP, CMRP, IAM and CAMA certifications, being recognized by the SMRP in 2019 as CMRP of the Year

George Galambos

George has over twenty-five years of experience as a consulting engineer providing design, planning, program and project management, and strategic asset management services for asset-intensive organizations in the Americas, Africa, and the Middle East. His primary focus has been in the public infrastructure sector; as a result, he has intimate knowledge of the assets, processes, and resources necessary to deliver and sustain safe, reliable services to the customers of public asset-owning organizations.

George has assisted organizations with the development of PAS 55, ISO 55000, and GFMAM AM Landscape aligned asset management systems (AMS), has performed gap analyses of their AMS against industry standards and best practices, and has guided them through the creation of strategic asset management plans (SAMPs), asset management plans (AMPs), AM policy and supporting documents. He has undertaken asset risk modelling to ascertain organizations’ capability to sustain their desired levels of service. George has performed asset health-informed lifecycle cost modelling and forecasting capital and operational expenditures over near and long-term planning horizons.

John Woodhouse

With 30 years’ experience in utilities, oil & gas, transport and other sectors, John is one of the most widely known experts in integrated asset management projects for some of the largest companies in the world.

John is a Founder and Life Fellow of the IAM; he has written 4 books, chaired the development of BSI PAS55 and represents the UK on the ISO55000 committee.

He also led the international MACRO and SALVO collaboration projects in optimised asset management decision-making.

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