Neil Lovell confirmed as The Printing Charity’s Chief Executive

Press Release

21 June 2016

The Printing Charity has confirmed Neil Lovell’s appointment as the charity’s permanent Chief Executive and Secretary. He was appointed to the role on an interim basis in February this year.

During his time as interim Chief Executive, his focus has been on meeting people in the print industry and the charity’s partners, as well as getting to know the staff and trustees, and looking at the direction of the charity.

Neil Lovell says: “The Printing Charity has a proud heritage and very clear aims of promoting independence and furthering education. I have been looking at how we can make it easier for individuals needing our support, and the industry we represent to connect with us. It’s clear we cannot do everything on our own but we have great potential to build strong partnerships with the industry and other bodies with similar aims to ours.”

He has 27 years’ experience in senior communications, marketing, fundraising, and management roles. He began his career in a traditional ad agency off Fleet Street, followed by commercial roles at T-Mobile and RAC plc. He joined the not-for-profit sector in 2009 and prior to joining The Printing Charity he was CEO of the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation. He is a supporter of the education and skills sector and is a trustee of the Further Education Trust for Leadership, an independent Further Education (FE) and skills sector think tank and grant-awarding charity.

Jon Wright, The Printing Charity’s Chairman, says: “Neil brings a wealth of experience from the commercial and not-for-profit sectors to the Chief Executive’s role to drive the charity forward and has the full support of the trustees as he works with us to refocus our work and deliver greater impact.”


The Mayor of Milton Keynes attends our AGM

L to R: Neil Lovell, The Printing Charity’s Chief Executive, Kathy Senior, Home Manager of Beaverbrook House, the Mayor of Milton Keynes, Councillor Steve Coventry, Debbie Beck, The Printing Charity’s Homes & Central Services Manager, Lord Black of Brentwood, President Emeritus of The Printing Charity


The Mayor of Milton Keynes, Councillor Steve Coventry, was the guest of honour at our Annual General Meeting on 8 June at Beaverbrook House in Bletchley, our sheltered home for people who have retired from the printing industry.

Councillor Coventry said: “I had my first paper round when I was 12 delivering to this area and remember Beaverbrook House before it was rebuilt. It’s great to see how modern and bright the home is. I was honoured to be invited to the AGM and have the opportunity to speak to some of the residents.

“I’m impressed with the charity’s work. It’s refreshing to see some of the old values still exist in a rapidly changing world.”

At the event, we announced that we helped 1,142 people last year, up 67% on the previous year. Our work is increasing, not only with our homes and grants, but also helping people to have the skills to work in the printing industry, and we want people who need our support to connect with us.