John Micklethwait, Editor-in-Chief of Bloomberg
We are pleased to announce that John Micklethwait, Editor-in-Chief of Bloomberg, has accepted our invitation to be our 2020 President.
John Micklethwait says: “The Printing Charity does a fantastic job looking after people of all ages – with help ranging from financial assistance and sector-specific training initiatives to being a friendly voice at the end of the phone for people in challenging circumstances. It is a great honour to follow Lionel Barber as President, and I’m looking forward to being involved with our sector’s occupational charity this year.”
As Editor-in-Chief of Bloomberg, John Micklethwait oversees editorial content across all Bloomberg platforms including its news, newsletters, magazines, opinion, television, radio and digital properties as well as its research services including Bloomberg Intelligence.
Prior to joining Bloomberg in February 2015, he worked for The Economist for 28 years, becoming Editor-in-Chief in 2006. He began his career in banking at Chase Manhattan In London after studying history at Magdalen College, Oxford.
He is the co-author of six books, most recently The Fourth Revolution: The Global Race to Reinvent the State. In 2010, he was named Editors’ Editor by the British Society of Magazine Editors. He has been a trustee of the British Museum, a Pulitzer judge and he is on the Board of Overseers at the Columbia Journalism Review.
Neil Lovell, our Chief Executive, says: “We are pleased to have John Micklethwait as our President this year. His career spans traditional and digital media in a sector that is continuing to adapt to the impact of the digital revolution.”
Wendy Lagden, left, presented with her Diploma by Captain Alison Towler of the Royal Navy, President of the Association of Wrens
Wendy Lagden, an ex-aircraft engineer in the Royal Navy who was discharged with MS in 2005, is the first person to gain a City & Guilds Level 3 Bookbinding qualification set up by Bound by Veterans and funded by The Printing Charity. She earned a distinction and was presented with her Diploma by Captain Alison Towler of the Royal Navy, President of the Association of Wrens, at a special event recently.
Bound by Veterans (BBV), formerly known as The Wiltshire Barn Project, offers bookbinding tuition to Wounded, Injured and Sick (WIS) veterans of the services to aid their recovery through its therapeutic benefits and to help them transition from military to civilian life by gaining qualifications.
The Printing Charity supports Bound by Veterans by funding its provision of the internationally recognised City & Guilds Level 3 Bookbinding qualification.
Wendy Lagden says: “When I first saw the course advertised it appealed to me because I had been wanting to repair an old book of my Gran’s for some time. What I didn’t expect was from that moment I would be completely hooked. Learning this fascinating trade and, in particular, achieving the City & Guilds Level 3, has inspired me to continue bookbinding and given me a new purpose in life.
“Adjusting from a busy, active, and rewarding job in the military to civilian life can be challenging. Coming to terms with what I can now no longer do is a battle I face each day. With bookbinding I can be creative, work with my hands and at a pace to suit me. Without bookbinding in my life, this battle would be so much harder.”
Alison Strachan, Chairman of Bound by Veterans, says: “As well as being a huge achievement for Wendy, this is an important milestone in our history and we are enormously grateful to The Printing Charity for supporting us.”
Neil Lovell, The Printing Charity’s Chief Executive, says: ““Congratulations to Wendy on her impressive achievement. This is a great initiative that fits with our support to preserve the heritage skill of bookbinding, also shown in our other funding of The Queen’s Bindery Apprenticeship Scheme and Designer Bookbinders. We are proud to support the achievement of recognised qualifications and training, which can provide routes into employment.”