Our 2018 Print Futures Awards Judges

Abbie Ross

Abbie began her career as a buyer working across TV shopping, online, and high-street retail for well-known brands. A fan of the luxury paper merchant, GF Smith, she joined the company, where she is now Director of Sales specialising in students, greetings cards, and its Make Book and Make Frame categories.

Danny Arter

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 Attwill

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 across the industry in Southern England.

Giles Bristow

Giles manages the Antalis Academy, which delivers training on all aspects of printing technology, as well as a range of business coaching. His career spans over 30 years in the office supplies, paper and printing industries.

Michael Brown

Michael has 30 years’ industry experience in roles from pre-press and print site management. As Reach Printing Services Limited’s Commercial Director, his main responsibility is leading the contract print sales team, managing over 450 national and regional contract customers. He is also Account Director for Reach Printing Services’ vast portfolio of regional titles.

Louisa Bull

Louisa heads up Unite’s Graphical, Paper, Media, and IT Sector. She was formerly 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.

Julia Cole

Julia has held senior marketing, training, and sales roles within the print industry for 30 years. She is HP’s Global Business Manager, managing the HP Advantage Programme. She was formerly HP EMEA for Dscoop, HP’s Graphics user group. She worked with the BPIF to establish its graduate training programme and spent 12 years at Xerox.

Gary Cullum

Gary began his career as a reporter on the Hemel Hempstead Gazette. He spent five years at the Newspaper Society where he became Head of Press and Public Affairs. In 1996 he co-launched The Newspaper Awards, now the newsawards. He is editor and publisher of news industry publication, PJ, and managing director of Cullum Publishing Ltd.

Ursula Daly

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 training legislation. Ursula has 25 years’ industry experience, including roles at ICL, Astron/RR Donnelley, and Bezier.

Darryl Danielli

Darryl Danielli joined the UK’s leading print industry media brand as part-time editorial assistant in 1997. During the past 20 years he has held a variety of roles on the magazine, culminating in being appointed editor in May 2006 and then publisher in 2013. While his role may have evolved over the years, two things have remained constant: his unceasing admiration of those individuals that drive the industry forward and his enduring faith in the power of print.

Phil Foster

Phil has over 30 years’ experience of working in various capacities in the UK print industry. For the past four 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.

John Ellis

A time-served printer, John spent 12 years running web offset presses in the magazine sector before moving into capital equipment sales at Oscar Friedheim. In 2000 he joined Manroland, the market leader in web offset printing press technology, rising through the ranks from National Sales Manager, Sales Director, and Divisional Director to his current role of Managing Director/CEO.

Richard Harnasz

Richard has held production, technical, and commercial roles across commercial print, sign and display, labels, and folding cartons, including being involved in the early development of HP’s interior decoration market and worldwide product development at HP’s Barcelona office. Richard’s focus is now on strategic marketing, consulting, and training.  

Nick Lazell

Nick is the Agfa Graphics Sales Manager responsible for existing and new business in the commercial, newspaper, and packaging sectors. He has over 35 years’ experience in the printing industry and worked for Howson Algraphy, DuPont and Agfa Graphics, completing his MBA qualification in 2011.

Brett Lawrence

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 Lovell

The Printing Charity’s Chief Executive, Neil’s career spans the commercial and not-for-profit sectors. Starting in advertising, he went on to roles at One-2-One/T-Mobile and RAC plc. He joined the not-for-profit sector in 2009 as Fundraising and External Relations Director for a children’s charity and then as CEO of the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation.  

Peter Melkowski

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 actively encourages industry innovation.

Andrew Neal

Andrew is Group HR Director for Communisis PLC, having joined the company 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

CEO of Picon, the trade association that represents suppliers to the print industry, Bettine 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.

Brendan Perring

Born and raised in Swaziland, Brendan has covered just about every job in journalism, from undercover reporting for the Sunday Times of Scotland to business-to-business journalism. He is the Director and Managing Editor of Link Publishing and Link Exhibitions, which own and run Print Monthly and SignLink magazines, The Print Show and The Sign Show.

David Phillips

David is Operations Director at Paragon, one of the UK’s leading customer communication businesses. He is responsible for the day-to-day operation of Paragon’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.

Marian Stefani

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 then set up a consultancy helping print companies improve their business strategies. She challenges things she feels hold back industry growth.  

Dale Wallis

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.  

Julie Way

Julie has had the pleasure of working in the industry for over 20 years, mainly in the print divisions of several national newspaper publishers. Her roles have given her an insight into and an understanding of a wide range of printing processes and the continuous strive for innovation by pushing conventional boundaries wherever possible.

Susan Wright

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.


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