2017 Speakers

Jon Bennett, Commercial Director, Close Brothers Asset Finance

Jon joined the Close Brothers Asset Finance Print division in November 2002 and was subsequently appointed as Commercial Director. He has an underwriting and sales management role within the team, which offers innovative asset finance solutions to the Printing & Packaging sectors. Jon has 27 years asset finance experience including credit, sales and portfolio acquisition. Before joining Close Brothers Jon was an Associate Director with HBOS.

Simon Biltcliffe, Founder and CEO, Webmart

Simon continues to bring a unique blend of no-nonsense business acumen and insightful philosophy to business leaders across the UK and beyond. A winner of the UK Institute of Directors ‘Director of the Year’ Award, Simon is acknowledged as an outstanding business creator and thought-provoking imparter of commercial wisdom. Having started Webmart over 20 years ago, with £10,000 of his own money, Simon has built the business on his Marxist-capitalist philosophy and delivered vast returns both for the business and for the wider community.

Sarah Crumpler, Marketing Manager, Duplo UK

Sarah takes her passion for effective communication into her role as marketing manager for Duplo UK, and believes the printed medium is and will be central to helping people to influence others and share their ideas for many years to come. She joined print finishing equipment pioneer Duplo in 2013 and previously spent eight years marketing digital print engines. Sarah consequently has a rounded view of the print market, as a consumer, marketer and industry professional.

Rob Bland, Lean Production Print Practitioner, Ricoh

Rob is extremely passionate about Continuous Improvement and about people.

With an extensive manufacturing background and a hands on, pragmatic approach to lean and six sigma, Rob and his team have developed a culture that engages 800+ employees in improvement on a daily basis within Ricoh UK.

Creating energy and purpose he loves to build an environment where improvement and improved results are being driven daily by the whole workforce.

Rob’s experience is not only within print, he has also helped to improve organisations within manufacturing, logistics, aerospace and the charitable sector.

Giles Bristow, Digital Support Manager, Antalis

Wayne Clark, Founding Partner, Global Growth Institute

Wayne Clarke is a founding partner of the Global Growth Institute based out of the UK/Netherlands, and from 2007 until 2012 was the managing and international partner of the advisory arm of Best Companies, who produce the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies lists. He began his career at Deloitte and went on to help BDO, the fifth largest accounting network, to achieve a top 20 ranking in the Sunday Times Best Companies lists. Wayne is an economics graduate and has spent over 16years helping to improve the performance of organisations through improved people engagement.

He works throughout the world designing and delivering strategic growth focused programmes within the private and public sector. To date he has worked with more than 500 CEOs/boards and thousands of managers in over 30 countries. He is also a co-¬founder of the ‘HR In The Boardroom’ programme delivered with Xinfu,the Chinese CEO advisory specialists.

Wayne is an international keynote speaker and has been recognised for three consecutive years by HR Magazine as one of the top 25 “Most Influential Thinkers” and is a visiting lecturer on the MBA programme at Cass Business School in London and Dubai. In 2012 at the New York JCI/UN Partnership Summit, he was formally recognised as a JCI Ambassador for his work in promoting the principles of JCI and the United Nations Foundation; previous recipients of this ambassadorship include current UN Secretary General Mr Ban Ki Moon. In July 2014 he was invited to speak alongside Chelsea Clinton at the UN in New York.

Helen Dale, Partner, Grant Thornton UK LLP

Helen is wholeheartedly passionate about the creation and preservation of value in vibrant businesses; for all major stakeholder groups and whether through operations, strategy or finance. She has worked in industry, practice and private equity; at the core of each role is a simple focus on value.

She works hands-on with executive boards and their senior management teams to plan and deliver effective and sustainable change across their organisations and to the benefit of all stakeholders.

Today's business environment can be volatile, uncertain and demanding for senior business leaders, putting value and growth platforms at risk. Alongside working with ambitious growth businesses, she also leads their Tailored Options Process in London, helping business leaders respond to critical funding requirements by rapidly identifying and progressing (to a delivery capable status) a spread of financing and investment options for time critical situations.

Tracy Dineen, Strategic Alliance Manager, Duplo UK

Tracy Dineen manages the strategic alliances for Duplo UK, working closely with both customers and other leading industry suppliers to understand how Duplo can partner with them to enhance the profitability of both businesses. For PrintWeek Live! She will be bringing together a diverse panel of customers to discuss their profit making strategies in an ever more challenging market.

Jan Edgecombe, Managing Director, Revolution Digital

Douglas Gibson, Managing Director, Infigo Software Limited

Douglas Gibson launched Infigo Software in 2010 after identifying an opportunity to deliver an innovative software solution for the trends he saw emerging in the printing and e-commerce industries. Having built his career in the printing industry he knew the perks and pitfalls to watch out for to ensure Infigo Software focused in the right direction to become a leading global web-to-print and marketing engagement solution provider.

Julian Hocking, Managing Director, Nationwide Print

Julian Hocking, a graduate of the London College of Printing and Oxford Brookes University, became Managing Director of Nationwide Print in 1998, after seven years working for annual report specialists Litho-Tech Colour Printers in Kennington. Nationwide Print is a modern, environmentally and technologically advanced, passionate and profitable small business that operates digital, litho and large format presses powered by renewable energy.

A previous winner of the Printweek SME Printing Company of the Year in 2014 and highly commended this year, Nationwide are now recognized as one of the most environmental print companies in the UK and by the end of 2017 are hoping to be producing more energy than they use.

Charles Jarrold, CEO, British Printing Industries Federation

After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in London in the early ‘90’s, Charles worked in the publishing industry prior to heading towards the family owned Jarrold Print business in 1998. Following the sale of Jarrold Print, he joined Poole based printer Southernprint in 2005, helping that business gain a reputation as a leading commercial print company. Southernprint was sold by its owner, regional newspaper group Newsquest in 2010, at which point Charles joined St Ives plc. Prior to joining the BPIF he also ran his own business, partnering with a US print and design software business, developing on-line design and print applications.

Robert Keane, Founder and CEO, Cimpress

Robert founded what is today Cimpress in 1995 to provide small businesses with everything they need to market their business. Robert’s vision emerged from his experience with retail kiosk design and printing systems and from his in-depth knowledge of the desktop publishing software market. Today he leads Cimpress and its businesses with a clear purpose: to empower millions of people around the world to make an impression.

Previously Robert was a consultant to Microsoft, advising on the graphic design and printing needs of small businesses in Europe. He earned his B.A. in Economics from Harvard and his MBA from INSEAD.

Patrick Kremer, CEO, Mtivity Ltd

Patrick Kremer is a veteran of the technology and marketing industries and worked as both a Venture Capitalist in a London based VC as well as an executive in several successful technology firms including IBM, Sybase, Borland, Adobe, and Mtivity. Patrick raised £15m for Mtivity to support the initial development of the product suite, formed the US operations with Mtivty’s Founder, James Mason, and has since led the company to consistent profitability. Patrick is based in Silicon Valley, CA and enjoys the clear ROI on Mtivity’s product and spending time with customers.

Jim Lewcock, CEO and Founder, The Specialist Works

Jim's early career was spent working for several of the UK’s largest media companies, including Mirror Group Newspapers and IPC Magazines.

In 2003, spotting a gap in the market, Jim set up The Insert House. Over the following decade, he built the company by adding specialist teams in TV, press advertising, predictive analytics, print management, creative, digital, mobile and strategic planning. Today the business is known as The Specialist Works, an independent, international, award-winning media agency; industry leaders in global brand performance, specialising in the efficient acquisition of new customers across all media channels.

Miles Linney, CEO, Linney Group

Miles is the 6th generation of the Family business, founded in 1851. He left school and was packed off to Australia for a year before returning and working in London as a UK Equities trader on the London Stock Exchange for 4 years.

He joined Linney in 1990 and had various roles in the family newspapers before they were sold in 1995. He then worked in the Print side of the business in Sales, Manufacturing and Finance before becoming Managing Director in 2002, the role he still continues in today.

The Linney family are very proud of their Mansfield roots and remain very supportive of the community that has supported the growth and longevity of the business.

Keith McMurtrie, MD, Tharstern

Keith was first introduced to the benefits of value-based pricing by Tharstern’s founder, Keith Harrison, who originally trained as a Chartered Accountant. He built on this knowledge after meeting author David Chapman, who co-wrote “The Power of Value Added”, a book that Tharstern used to distribute to all new customers. After recently reconnecting with the author (and both agreeing that the concept of value-based pricing has never been more important to the printing industry), Keith decided to try and reignite interest in this strategy, and encourage printers to re-evaluate how they currently price their products.

John Murphy, Integration Specialist, Tharstern

One of Tharstern’s key integration experts, John has worked in the industry for nearly 30 years and has played a leading role in MIS/press connectivity projects throughout his career, including several high profile CIP4 projects. One of John’s biggest strengths is his ability to help people understand complex technical subjects, including the topic of integration. In this session, he’ll be helping us to understand more about the JDF standard, what its strengths and weakness are, and answering the question “Is it worth the hype?”.

David Nestor, Managing Director, First4Print Finishing

David founded First 4 Print Finishing in 2003 at the age of 21, since then under the guidance of David and co-director Lorenzo Fardella the group has become one of the largest and most diverse post-press service providers in the UK. The award-winning team has coupled significant print finishing fire power with significant direct mail capabilities to create a truly unique product offering on this scale. Since 2010 the company has been crowned Printweek SME of the Year on three occasions and highly commended twice, becoming the first company to win this coveted award at the first time of asking and successfully defend that title the following year.

Rob Nicholls, Managing Director, Plastic Card Services

Rob Nicholls, one half of the successful business partnership alongside Tim Holt, has built a specialised print business with an enviable reputation; Plastic Card Services.

This print and plastic card technology business maintains a strong growth, investing heavily in R&D, product innovation, process innovation and employee training, all of which keeps it as a clear market leader both here, in the UK, and abroad.

Rob has spent 32 years in the print industry and has along with Tim developed Plastic Card Services from inception 24 years ago into this highly regarded business that it is today.

Kevin O’Donnell, marketing manager – Graphic Communications Europe, Xerox

Kevin O’Donnell joined the print industry from the IT sector, where he worked for a number of multinational brands. Kevin has worked specifically in the digital print arena since 1986 gaining first-hand experience on new and developing technologies and workflows; he was responsible for launching Digital Colour devices such as the DocuColor and Xerox iGen platforms into the European market. Over this time, he has seen technology create new ways to do business, access new markets and from a sales and marketing perspective has focussed on bringing print businesses and these opportunities together all while managing Xerox’ marketing activities in both the United Kingdom, Ireland and Nordic regions.

Marco Poli, PremCom

Marco founded PremCom in 1990, drawing on the skills and experience he had gained both within the print industry and as a print buyer for the Woolwich Building Society. While working in print gave him a solid grounding across a broad spectrum of hardware and techniques, Marco’s experience of the client side, with its constant pressure to deliver results, made him realise that a report-driven, measurable print solution was sorely needed.

This understanding of what the client needs from a print management service is central to PremCom’s success. From the outset, the company has embraced the latest print technology, but Marco is equally passionate about the industry’s heritage, retaining the capacity for small litho print runs to this day. Under his guidance, PremCom is constantly investigating and investing in the latest technology, without ever losing sight of the critical human element.

Luca Reginato, Project Manager, Pagination.com

Luca Reginato since 2009 is a project manager at Pagination.com, a cloud database publishing service provider. With previous experience in telecommunications at British Telecom Group and in ERP at leading SAP system integrators, in 2006 Luca was appointed to the technical committees of both Mercury and OASIS-UBL consortiums, with the mission of defining common XML libraries for business processes.

Since 2009, as Project Manager at Pagination.com, he has been focusing his interoperability expertise on database publishing and product information management, successfully leading hundreds of projects.

Mary Ann Rowan, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Solimar Systems

Mary Ann Rowan is a Founding Partner and Chief Sales and Marketing Officer at Solimar Systems, a leading software development company. Mary Ann manages Solimar’s global channel networks of distributors, resellers, integration partners and large enterprise clients. Solimar's clients include more than 70% of the Fortune 100 and support all vertical industry markets with a majority of data centers and print service providers running Solimar solutions as an integral part of their IT software infrastructure for over 25 years.

Andrew Scrimgeour, AJS Labels

Andrew has worked for a number of businesses of widely varying sizes and sectors bringing experience of both large and small enterprises, leading turnarounds and growth strategies.

Andrew first worked on farms, before embarking on overseas projects in South America .

He then returned and worked as a graduate with the German Giant BASF, where he cut his teeth in management rising to become technical manager and later UK Field Sales Manager.

He then left to study for his MBA and become Group Marketing Manager for a small and rapidly growing plc in the Garden and Leisure Industry winning the coveted, UK Marketor of the Year. This got him involved in Packaging and he moved to become the Head of Marketing for Norprint and was promoted to GM and leading the turnaround. He then became MD of Jarvis Porter before joining AGI Media where he rose through the ranks and eventually becoming the head of their European Packaging and global design businesses.

He then realised his long held ambition to own his own business when he completed the MBO of AJS labels turning it round from a loss maker in 2008 to the multiaward winning business it became before selling it back the MPS which itself has been bought by Westrock –the original owners!

Outside work Andrew is passionate about sport and his favourite charity FEAST India which he visits regularly with his wife Jayne.

Jason Seaber, Technical Sales Director, Intelligent Finishing Systems Ltd

Intelligent Finishing Systems (IFS) Technical Sales Director of Jason Seaber this month marked 30 years working in the British printing industry by investing in his, and the company’s, future. He has become a shareholder with an agreement to buy more shares over the coming five years. Seaber says: “I am very proud to become a shareholder in Intelligent Finishing Systems and very much look forward to continuing to help grow and develop the business with Co-Directors’ Bryan Godwyn, Alan Harrison and all the fantastic staff without whom we would not have such a successful company.

“I would like to thank everyone that I have worked with at IFS (and Graphic Arts Equipment previously) and all our customers and principal manufacturers, particularly Horizon, for their long term support.

“The British printing industry is very much alive and kicking and I look forward to continuing to make a contribution by providing best in class finishing and binding solutions.”

IFS Managing Director and majority shareholder, Bryan Godwyn adds: “I’m equally delighted that Jason has now joined me as an equity holder and together we are committed to continuing to improve and serve our growing customer base.

“Print and print finishing especially has an exciting future and we are fortunate to be at the forefront of it with incredible partners like Horizon, Foliant, Perfecta, Tecnau, SCS, Durselen and of course Petratto.

“Add to this the energy from our customers to improve and make things better using new technology, we are well placed to drive forward here in the UK and Ireland.”

Anthony Thirlby, Prinect General Manager, Heidelberg

Anthony Thirlby works for Heidelberg on a global basis, having been appointed as General Manager for the Prinect portfolio of products last year. He took on this supplier-side role after many years in senior executive positions in print. The former Managing Director of ESP Colour and COO of Pureprint has established himself as a worldwide consultant and authority on print automation, process improvement and the true industrialisation of printing processes. He understands the importance of achieving the shortest job transition and highest net output from all press platforms and the vital role that workflow and digital connectivity can make in achieving top productivity, highest quality and optimised commercial results.

Anthony Thomas, Lean Production Print Practitioner, Ricoh

Ant has a passion for improvement through fact and data analysis

Through his training in Japan, America & China he has deployed and developed many tools and techniques to identify and eliminate all forms of process waste.

Anthony is continually developing Ricoh employees to see, challenge and eliminate process waste for themselves.

His motivation is all about moving organisations from good to great through positive change.

Ant has experience of improving organisations across many sectors.

Jim Todd, Sales Director, Heidelberg UK

Jim Todd has been Sales Director of Heidelberg UK for 16 years. In that period Heidelberg has significantly increased its portfolio and partnerships and the industry has concentrated into fewer but more “industrial” process-focused printers. This has made the technical consultancy role of suppliers all the more important and Jim’s background as a Graduate in Mechanical Engineering has been a real asset as has his broad experience in specifying everything from multi web newspaper presses to single colour sheetfed! He has worked for Baker Perkins (now Goss), Harris, Komori and Heidelberg and describes his defining moment as his move from design to sales in 1980. He is known for his eye for detail, ability to think outside the box and his integrity.

John Unsworth, Chief Executive, London Digital Security Centre

The London Digital Security Centre is a joint venture between the Mayor’s Office for Police and Crime (MOPAC), the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and the City of London Police (CoLP). Working in partnership with academia and the private industry the London Digital Security Centre aims to help protect businesses operating in London from online criminal threats.

John is a highly regarded financial and cyber-crime intelligence professional. He has over 20 years’ experience in successfully leading national intelligence activities in the UK aimed at identifying, preventing and detecting criminal activities and targeting financial and cyber-crime threats committed by Organised Crime Groups.

Tony Wallis, Commercial Director, Toyota Material Handling UK Ltd

Tony Wallis, Toyota Material Handling’s Commercial Director has worked for respected manufacturers including Toyota and Volvo in both material handling and automotive sectors.

Through experiences Tony has developed a strong understanding of lean manufacture and continuous improvement principles. He has a strong track record in building teams and delivering volume, profit and customer service by applying these principles. Having developed a specialist understanding of TPS, the principles of lean practice and the implication of business culture, Tony has a strong understanding of process development, its application to all types of business and the tools that can help companies to drive down costs.

From Just-in-Time to Jidoka, Toyota’s Tony Wallis lifts the lid on the company’s revered operating system. Tony Wallis will discuss the fundamental tools that make up TPS and offer tips on how you could use their productivity enhancing power at your site. This session will also examine the less well understood and crucial principles behind TPS that have been imbedded throughout the organisation.

Paul Manning, Managing Director, Rapidity

Paul Manning is one half of the Manning brothers that own and run one of central London’s last commercial print outfits. The company specialises in providing London, and the UK, with a truly on demand service driven by investment in both tangible and intangible print technology and prides itself in embracing modern print techniques complimented with age old print craftsmanship. After 31 years, the company now serves a varied market from photographers to property companies, international oil giants to financial institutions. Outside of work Paul is a depressed Charlton Athletic fan and spends most weekends wishing he supported another team.

Neil Smith, director, Blue Buffalo

Neil Smith has more than 30-years industry experience, from roles in estimating, production, sales and international print management as technical, commercial and managing director roles. Neil is one of the founders of Blue Buffalo Consulting. Since 2005, Blue Buffalo has provided Independent print procurement consulting and proprietary software to leading organisations both in the UK and overseas. He been involved in tenders both in the UK and internationally, which resulted in direct to manufacturer, print management and lead supplier contract awards. His passion for granular data has been pivotal in Blue Buffalo’s specialisation in the creation of visibility, and therefore control, of spend to customers, to enable them to buy optimally from the right suppliers to mutual benefit.