Michael Grade CBE, Lord Grade of Yarmouth, is the Printing Charity’s 2023 President

Michael Grade

The Printing Charity is proud to announce that Michael Grade, Lord Grade of Yarmouth CBE, Chair of OFCOM, has accepted the charity’s invitation to become its President for 2023.

Lord Grade said: “Having started my career as a print journalist, I am a great believer in the power of print as a communication channel, which is seen in all aspects of our everyday lives. I’m very pleased to be involved with the Printing Charity, and am looking forward to supporting their crucial work providing practical, emotional and financial support to everyone in the print, packaging, paper, publishing and graphic arts sectors.”

Lord Grade began his career in 1960 as a journalist and sports columnist at the Daily Mirror, and since then has worked across the UK’s major broadcasters, as controller of BBC One, Chief Executive of Channel 4, Chair of the BBC and Executive Chair of ITV. He has also held the positions of Chief Executive at First Leisure, and Chair of Pinewood Studios.

He has been Chair of the Charity Fundraising Regulator, and of the Media Museum Bradford; and was a Trustee of the Science Museum.

Printing Charity Chair Jon Wright said: “We are delighted that Lord Grade has agreed to support the charity as our 2023 President and the key note speaker at our Annual Luncheon, an event now in its 194th year. He is the latest member of a distinguished line of past charity Presidents, including most recently George Osborne CH.”

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For more information please contact Liz Ross Martyn, Head of Marketing & Engagement, on 07842 200071 or liz@theprintingcharity.org.uk

About The Printing Charity: The UK is the sixth largest print market in the world, with the UK print industry employing some 105,000 people within 7,400 companies. The Printing Charity has been there for people working in print and the allied trades since 1827, through practical, emotional and financial support, and is proud of its heritage.

The organisation’s charitable aims include promoting independence, protecting dignity and furthering education. Today the charity fulfils these aims and meets the needs of those it helps through a free 24/7 helpline, financial assistance, signposting to specialist services, two sheltered home schemes for people who have retired from the sector, and initiatives supporting sector-specific training, with a focus on young people starting out in print.

Please see www.theprintingcharity.org.uk for more information and follow @printingcharity

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