Our Trustees

We currently have 11 Trustees who work or have worked in various sectors of the printing and publishing industries. They all have one thing in common – their commitment to ensuring we help as many people as possible.

Our Chairman is Jon Wright and Steve Sibbald is our Deputy Chairman.

Jon Wright FCCA

Chairman

(Appointed as a Trustee: 2004) 

Jon joined as a Trustee and Honorary Treasurer in 2004, becoming Chairman of the Investment Committee in 2007 and appointed as Chairman of Council in 2013. A qualified accountant with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, he joined the Financial Times in 1974 and worked his way up to Acting Finance Director.  Since 2003, he has been Finance Director of Pearson Global Real Estate.

Steve Sibbald

Deputy Chairman

(Appointed as a Trustee 2005) 

A Trustee since 2005, appointed as Vice Chairman of Council in 2013, Steve joined the industry as an apprentice hot metal compositor in 1971. He was a National, Regional and Branch Official of Unite, the GPMU and the NGA for a total of 33 years, where he was responsible for all commercial print, paper and corrugated packaging, as well as publishing in the UK.  He also had roles within Uni-Network International, one of the global Trade Union Federations to which Unite is affiliated.

Gesa Brinkmann – CPA, ACA

(Appointed as a Trustee and Treasurer: October 2012)  

Appointed a Trustee in October 2012 and Treasurer in June 2013, Gesa is a qualified accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales. She began her career at KPMG joining Pearson Plc’s Financial Reporting team in London in 2005.  In 2008 she was appointed Pearson’s International Controller EMEA. She left Pearson in late 2012 to join Astra Zeneca as the EMEA Financial Controller for their Global Commercial Organisation.  In August 2015 she was appointed Finance Director – Deal Finance and continues to be with AstraZeneca.

Richard Brewster FCA

Trustee

(Appointed as a Trustee: 2011)

A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Richard has served as a FTSE 350 Board Director for over 30 years. In 2014 he retired as Chairman of Bankers Investment Trust PLC, having previously been Chairman of BlackRock Smaller Companies Trust PLC.  Prior to that he was CEO of two listed paper, print and packaging companies, D. S. Smith Plc and Jarivs Porter Plc.  He is currently Treasurer of the Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers.  He is also a Vice President of the RNIB.

Stephanie de Laszlo LLM

Trustee

(Appointed as a Trustee: 2007)

 Stephanie has practised in media law, both as a barrister (1 Brick Court) and as a solicitor (Goodman Derrick) and spent 9 years teaching law to broadcast journalists at the London College of Printing (now University of the Arts).  For the last 20 plus years she has been a legal adviser at Associated Newspapers.

Brian Skerritt

Trustee

(Appointed as a Trustee: 1997) 

A Trustee since 1997, Brian became a member of the Southwood Court Committee in 1989 and its Chairman in 2002. Nowadays, Brian continues to Chair the Southwood Court meetings. Brian started work aged 13 with the Evening News.  He set up his own business, Metro Post Print Services, in the 1970’s part of which was sold to John Menzies in 1989.  He remains active within Metro.

James Povey

Trustee

(Appointed as a Trustee: 2004) 

James joined as a Trustee in January 2004 and is responsible for overseeing the payment of grants. James is Marketing Director, UK Print for Polestar.  He has worked in the printing industry for over 20 years in various sales and marketing roles.

Raffiq Moosa

Trustee

(Appointed as a Trustee: 2014) 

Raffiq was appointed as a Trustee in September 2014.  He has spent most of his working life in the printing industry, joining Multi Packaging Solutions in 1997.  From early in his career he has been active in his Chapel and Trade Union and has been the Imperial FOC for his site for over 16 years.  He is also the Branch Secretary of the GPM LE19, member of the Unite GPM & IT National Committee, and involved in various Leicester-based community groups.

Alan Thorburn

Trustee

(Re-appointed as a Trustee: 2015) 

Alan re-joined the Charity in 2015, having previously served as a Trustee from 2011 to 2013.  Alan is an HR specialist who held senior roles in the Newspaper printing industry for 14 years, including the building up of Trinity Mirror Printing Ltd, which became one of the UK’s largest printers.  Originally from an Automotive and Aerospace manufacturing background, Alan has previously been a pension trustee and has experience of running apprentice and graduate training programmes, as well as various employee learning and NVQ schemes. He is currently a Director of an independent HR consultancy, advising companies on HR and Employee Relations matters.

Julia Cole

Trustee

(Appointed as a Trustee: 2015)

Julia was appointed a Trustee in 2015. She has held senior marketing, training and sales roles within the print industry for a period of 30 years. Currently EMEA marketing manager and Liaison for Dscoop, HP’s Graphics user group.  Julia’s extensive roles have included managing the inside sales channels and marketing team for HP’s broad portfolio in Indigo and PWP Press products in the UK and Ireland . Julia has driven numerous initiatives aimed at growing her customers’ businesses as well as communicating the benefits of digital printing to the wider publishing and marketing industry sectors. She also worked extensively with the BPIF to establish the organisation’s graduate training programme and previously spent 12 years at Xerox.

Peter Coley 

Trustee

(Appointed as a Trustee: 2016)

Peter was appointed a Trustee in 2016. He has over 10years professional experience within the field of Learning and Development predominately in the public and third sector. He recently retired after being Head of learning and Development at one of the largest housing/homelessness charities in the UK to return to being a freelance organisational development consultant. Peter has experience of developing employment opportunities for people who have experienced addiction, abuse and homelessness. He has an excellent working knowledge of the National Apprenticeship Scheme and has worked with accreditation organisations to develop occupational standards for both managers and staff within the Care Sector.

Our President

The Rt Hon. the Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde is our 2017 President.

 

The Charity has only five Presidents Emeriti at any one time. Our current Presidents Emeriti are:

Lord Black of Brentwood

Sir Frank Barlow, CBE

Sir Jeremy Elwes, CBE ACIS FRSA

Alan Miller, ACMA

MC (Bill) Offer, BEd (Hons) HNC FTC