I joined the industry as a litho apprentice in 1975 with WS Cowell, book and security printer. I was fortunately one of the last trainees to complete the old style five-year apprenticeship qualifying with a City & Guilds Advanced Craft certificate. Over the next 17 years I worked for a small commercial print company; was the factory manager for the UK’s largest label manufacturer; production and works manager for a medium-sized commercial and specialist binding company; and finally arrived at Page Bros where I managed day-to-day running of a secure Pick and Pack division for 12 years.
In 2013 I joined the management buyout team as Supply Chain Director. I get a real buzz from ‘doing a deal’, I always have. At this stage in my career I now have the opportunity to do just that, but on a much bigger scale. I’m sure several suppliers have viewed me as their worst nightmare over the last few years: I have systematically introduced competition into our supply chain which has resulted in much improved price structures.
My time out of work is spent with my family and I get a great deal of enjoyment from watching my two sons’ careers progress. My wife and I enjoy travelling to faraway and sometimes remote places, where I usually sneak in a little scuba diving and sailing here and there.