The Printing Charity appoints Neil Lovell as interim Chief Executive and Secretary

Press Release

25 February 2016

The Printing Charity appoints Neil Lovell as interim Chief Executive and Secretary

Neil Lovell, who has joined The Printing Charity as interim Chief Executive and Secretary, has 27 years’ experience in the commercial and not-for-profit sectors in senior communications, marketing, fundraising, and management roles.


Neil Lovell

Neil Lovell

He began his career in a traditional ad agency off Fleet Street, moving to other commercial roles that have included leading the corporate communications at T-Mobile through the organisation’s rebranding from One-2-One and repositioning as one of the largest telecommunications groups in the world. As Director of Corporate Communications at RAC plc, he was responsible for its group-wide communications strategy, including its communications during the takeover by AVIVA.

He joined the not-for-profit sector in 2009 as Director of Fundraising and External Relations at Kids Company and from 2012 to 2015 was CEO of the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation. He is also a Trustee of the Further Education Trust for Leadership, an independent Further Education (FE) and skills sector think tank and grant-awarding charity.

Neil Lovell says: “ The Printing Charity has such an incredible history and a great future due to the work done by Stephen Gilbert, staff, and Trustees. I’ll be focusing on moving the Charity further forward and during the next few months will be getting to know the industry, our partners and, most importantly, the people we help.”

Jon Wright, The Printing Charity’s Chairman, says: “We’re pleased to welcome Neil and look forward to working with him.”

The Print Futures Awards are open for entries

The sponsors – The Printing Charity, the British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF), SAXOPRINT, St Bride Foundation, John Crosfield Foundation, Unite the Union GPM & IT Sector, and The Book Trade Charity – are calling for entries to the 2016 Print Futures Awards.

These annual Awards, which were launched in 2003, are cash grants of up to £1,500 each to help pay for any costs associated with relevant training courses for a career in printing, publishing, packaging or graphic arts.

The Print Futures Awards are open to people resident in the UK aged 16 to 30 years  who:

  • intend or are studying for a career in printing, publishing, packaging or graphic arts in the UK
  • are already working in those sectors in the UK and would like to undertake courses or training sessions to develop their workplace skills
  • are apprentices or studying for NVQs in print-related organisations and need help with travel and living expenses while studying

Entries should be emailed to by the closing date of Friday, 27 May 2016. Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed in London on 13 and 14 June and the Awards will be presented on 19 July at a special event in London.

For further information about the Print Futures Awards, please email or see where application forms can be downloaded.

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