Introducing our 2017 judges:
Jane has worked in Public Relations for over 20 years, setting up Jane Allardice Communications Ltd in 2005, working with clients in sectors ranging from aerospace, engineering innovation, health, and exhibitions to not-for-profit and printing. She has also written and edited publications.
Danny is the Creative Editor of The Bookseller, writing a weekly feature on book design and production, covering physical and digital publications from publishers of all shapes and sizes. His interest in publication design is rooted in a love of print magazines, of which he has an unhealthily large collection.
Steve trained as a craft compositor in hot metal, upgrading his skills with the changing pre-press technologies in the industry. He became a full-time union officer of the printing unions, and has represented graphical workers subsequently across the industry in Southern England.
A full-time official of Unite and its predecessor unions for 20 years, Louisa is an industrial officer in the Graphical, Paper, Media and IT Sector, responsible for publishing, security print, skills and training. Having worked in the industry since leaving school, she spent several years in The Daily Telegraph’s newsroom.
Julia has held senior marketing, training and sales roles within the print industry for 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 its graduate training programme and spent 12 years at Xerox.
As Programme Director, Ursula heads up BPIF’s training team, responsible for apprenticeship and management programmes, providing essential training to the printing industry. She is passionate about ensuring the industry is up-to-date with Government legislation on training. Ursula has 25 years’ industry experience, including roles at ICL, Astron/RR Donnelley and Bezier.
Phil has thirty plus years’ experience of working in various capacities in the UK print industry. For the past three years he has held the position of UK Senior Key Account Manager at SAXOPRINT UK Ltd, one of the largest, most innovative and successful online printing companies in Europe.
With eight years’ experience in the printing industry, Amy heads up the BPIF and BOSS Marketing Teams, delivering a varied programme of communications and events. Operating in the fields of print, publishing and office products, she is passionate about innovation and using all methods of communication cohesively.
A qualified chartered accountant, Charles began his career in publishing prior to joining family-owned Jarrold Print. He held roles at Southernprint, building it into a leading commercial print company, St Ives PLC and ran his own business developing online design and print applications, before joining the BPIF as Chief Executive.
Brett has over 30 years’ print experience, starting as 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.
Neil is The Printing Charity’s Chief Executive. His career spans the commercial and not-for-profit sectors. Starting in advertising, he moved in-house as Director of Corporate Communication for One-2-One/T-Mobile and then RAC plc. He was CEO of the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation and is a Trustee of the Further Education Trust for Leadership.
Janet, an HR and training manager, has worked in retail with Marks and Spencer plc, the public sector and the steel industry. Now working in the paper industry with ArjoWiggins, she is involved in the development of people and leads the Paper Industry Steering Committee developing the Papermaking Trailblazer Apprenticeship.
Currently the Marketing Manager for Kodak UK with over 35 years’ experience in the industry, including sales, technical, demonstration and marketing. He has worked for Dupont, Crosfield, Scitex, and Creo and has covered numerous products, including CTP, workflow, digital printing and inkjet.
Peter is the Founder and Managing Director of Print Solutions (Peterborough) Ltd, a national award-winning print finishing company and Key Cross Media Ltd, a garment printer and embroidery company. Experienced in Letterpress, Lithographic, digital and screen print finishing production, with expertise in UV coating, laminating and die cutting, he encourages industry innovation.
Andrew is Group HR Director for Communisis PLC, having joined the business in 2014, and is responsible for all people-based activity within the business. Prior to joining Communisis, Andrew held senior HR roles with Tesco PLC, leading organisational change and capability programmes across central Europe.
Bettine Pellant is CEO of Picon, the trade association that represents suppliers to the print industry. She has been involved in the print industry since 1991, having worked in sales, exhibitions, and events before joining Picon. She is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Stationers & Newspaper Makers.
David is Operations Director at DST, one of the UK’s leading customer communication businesses. He is responsible for the day-to-day operation of DST’S largest production facility and its Apprentice Academy. A keen advocate of talent development, he ensures apprentices gain experience across production, client services, and technology to progress their careers.
IPIA’s CEO, Marian, was one of the first to deliver photo gifts direct to consumers. She built a commercial digital print business almost entirely online and launched “RedTie” W2P software in 2007. She set up a consultancy helping print companies improve their business strategies. She challenges things she feels hold back industry growth.
Dale joined the printing industry from school as an apprentice at a printing press manufacturer. He is BPIF’S Membership Director, ensuring BPIF’s products and services support members. He is also responsible for special interest groups looking at innovation for books, carton and label manufacturing, and the creative and design industry.
Susan works as a journalist, writer, and editor across a variety of printed and online media, including newspapers and magazines. She has had her work published internationally. In 2013 she set up Earth Island Publishing to enable the publication of very ‘different’ magazines for the graphic arts industry.