Neil Lovell – Chief Executive & Secretary
With a background in commercial and not-for-profit organisations, Neil joined the charity in February 2016 to bring focus to the charity’s future direction and strategy. Leading the Senior Management Team, he drives the charity forward in finding ways to reach people who need us the most, responding and adapting to the changes in the sector to ensure what we do is relevant in helping to make life better for everyone in genuine need.
Mark Rogers – Head of Finance
With his Diploma in Charity Accounting, Mark manages our financial systems and procedures to ensure efficiency, best practise and compliance with our governance requirements. He is responsible for the overall financial function and operation of the charity, managing our resources to ensure we are here to help today, and into the future, as we have done since 1827.
Having worked in the print industry throughout her career, Sophie’s role is to lead the Charity’s industry relationships, rising stars and helpline deployment initiatives. Passionate about meeting new people to share the work of the charity, she champion’s the sector as a place for young people to grow and develop and supports them through the flagship annual Print Futures Awards, that offers a grant to boost their training and development.
Specialising in digital print, Nicola has 19 years’ experience in the sector, and as our Relationship Manager for the north, she is working with her network and beyond to launch the helpline initiative and promote the work of the charity and its initiatives which champion young people and offer help to those falling on hard times. A trained Mental Health First Aider, Nicola understands the value the practical and emotional support can offer to employees of our industry.
Julie has always been a big supporter of the print community and has worked within the print divisions of several national newspapers for over 20 years. She is currently Treasurer of PressGang UK, a networking organisation for print professionals. Continuously striving for improvement and pushing boundaries, her role at the Charity allows her to build new relationships across the print, paper, publishing, packaging and graphic arts sectors and offer the Charity’s practical and emotional support to their employees.
Rosie fervently believes in apprenticeships and driving one’s personal and professional development. Having worked for other charities, her experience, passion and organisational skills combine for the responsibility of the management and delivery of the annual Print Futures Awards, offering those aged 18-30 a training grant of up to £1,500. She is also responsible for our other education initiatives and training grants.
Debbie Beck – Head of Welfare & Wellbeing
Chartered Manager (CMgr) and member of the Chartered Management Institute (MCMI), Debbie is responsible for overseeing our Welfare & Wellbeing team who provide practical and emotional support to help people navigate life’s challenges and manages our two sheltered home developments for those who have retired from the sector. She is currently leading a renovation project at both sites, where external and internal updates are being made to all 78 apartments.
Sarah Bower – Welfare & Wellbeing Officer
Sarah has a diverse background from teaching sociology to working in an acute psychiatric hospital, understanding the importance of mental health. She aligns with our holistic approach of looking at all the factors in a case to know how best we can provide assistance, beyond financial support. Sarah is a friendly and knowledgeable voice at the end of the phone for both existing and new beneficiaries.
Jo Forrest – Welfare & Wellbeing Officer
Jo joined our welfare and wellbeing team having previously worked for the housing and homelessness charity, Shelter. The team work hard to give the right tailored support to individuals who contact us and Jo helps to maintain relationships we have built with other likeminded charities and organisations to whom we may signpost to if appropriate on a case by case basis.
Stephanie Tomkins – Welfare & Wellbeing Officer
Like the rest of our welfare team, Steph helps to really understand our beneficiaries so we can provide appropriate advice and guidance on areas people may need support and is knowledgeable on a number of benefits including Universal Credit. She is also a point of contact for potential applicants interested in our two sheltered homes developments in Basildon and Bletchley.
Lucy Phillips – Marketing & Events Officer
Promoting the Charity with easy to understand communications across printed, digital, web and social media channels, Lucy’s role is to explain the practical and emotional support we offer to the people who need our help. She also manages our events, including the AGM each summer, and our Annual Luncheon each autumn. The Annual Luncheon is a particular highlight, with old and new supporters sharing lunch, conversation and news of the Charity’s work over the past year.
Tracy Sawyer – Finance Assistant
Tracy is responsible for invoicing, accounts payable and all areas of the charity’s financial record keeping. Together with Mark, Head of Finance, they execute over 1300 grants every year, ranging from regular financial assistance, one off support, Christmas bonuses and Print Futures Award winners. As our longest serving member of the head office team, Tracy has a fantastic wealth of knowledge regarding the charity and its history.
Our Home Managers
Kathy manages the home’s day-to-day running, oversees residents’ wellbeing, and organises the residents’ activities programme. She has enjoyed a varied career that has included working in the Print Room at the Bank of America in the City of London. A member of the Salvation Army, Kathy was the Young People’s Sergeant Major and Leader of the Children’s Choir.
Jeanette has a background in personnel work, having held roles within the police and in community care. She joined the charity in September as manager at Southwood court, working to ensure the smooth running of the establishment alongside the rest of the small homes team. Jeanette hopes to promote fitness, wellbeing and the social side of living in a residential home.
FCCA – Chairman
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. Jon was Finance Director of Pearson Global Real Estate from 2003 until April 2019.
A Trustee since 2005 and appointed as Deputy Chairman in 2013, Steve joined the printing 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, corrugated packaging and publishing in the UK.
Pauline was appointed as a Trustee and Honorary Treasurer in 2017. A qualified accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales and a Chartered Internal Auditor with The Chartered Institute of internal Auditors, Pauline began her career at HLB Kidsons (now part of RSM International) before joining Pearson Plc’s Internal Audit team in London in 2005. In 2013 she was appointed Pearson’s Audit Director EMEA and in 2016 joined FT Limited as Internal Audit Director.
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 Global HP Program Manager, she was formerly EMEA Marketing Manager and Liaison for Dscoop, HP’s Graphics user group. She worked extensively with the BPIF to establish the organisation’s graduate training programme.
Appointed as a Trustee in 2017, Brett has over 30 years’ print experience, starting as an electrical engineer and progressing to Production Director of Westferryas an electrical engineer and progressing to Production Director of Westferry Printers, running six national newspaper titles and five Sunday titles. He then ran production and operations for Guardian News and Media, and contracts in Ireland and Europe for 11 years.
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, and has been the Imperial FOC for his site for over 16 years. He is also the Branch Secretary of the GPM LE19 and a member of the Unite GPM & IT National Committee.
James joined as a Trustee in January 2004. James is Group Publications Director of YM Group. He has worked in the printing industry for over 20 years in various sales and marketing roles.
Louisa Bull heads up Unite’s Graphical, Paper, Media, and IT Sector. She was an industrial officer in the Sector and its predecessor unions for the last 20 years. Having worked in the industry since leaving school, she spent several years in The Daily Telegraph’s newsroom.
David began his print journey in 2006 when he joined K2 to work in their planning department. A number of acquisitions then lead him to Paragon Customer Communications, and having progressed to the role of Site Director at Paragon Dagenham he is now responsible for the day-to-day operation of one of the UK’s largest print production facilities. A keen advocate of talent development, David has thrice been a Print Futures Awards judge, and he plays a key role in the Paragon Apprentice Academy and intern programmes.
Julia Palmer-Poucher is the Group Production Director of Harmsworth Quays Printing. Harmsworth Printing is a subsidiary of Daily Mail General Trust, with Harmsworth providing intra-group printing supply services to DMG media, the media operating company within DMGT. During her 24 year career with DMG media, Julia has progressed from Circulation to Senior Production Manager and was appointed to the position of Group Production Director in 2013 with overall responsibility for the printing of all DMG media’s newspapers and magazines, and taking on responsibility for Primary Logistics from 2018.
Her Majesty, The Queen
John Mickelthwait, Editor-in-Chief of Bloomberg News is our 2020 President
Our Presidents Emeriti
Sir Jeremy Elwes, CBE, ACIS, OStJ, FRSA
Alan Miller, ACMA MC (Bill) Offer,
BEd (Hons) HNC, FTC
Lord Black of Brentwood