2018 Speakers

Michael Burman, managing director, FE Burman

Michael Burman graduated with a BA [Hons] degree in chemistry from The University of Oxford and a Diploma in Printing Management from The London College of Printing. He is Managing Director of F.E. Burman Ltd., a company in business for over 60 years based in London specialising in data management, pre-press, printing and mailing services for a wide range of blue chip clients.

James Duckenfield, chief executive, Hobs Group

James is responsible for the four companies within the Hobs Group: Hobs Repro, providing document print, design, and content management services; Hobs On-Site, an Integrated Document Management and Information Solutions provider; Hobs Studio, 3D printing and visualisation services; Anexsys, an outsourced legal technology and services company. In his last role James was responsible for a group of four companies within Xerox HR Services: RightOpt, a private healthcare exchange; Benefit Wallet, a tax efficient savings/benefits business; Financial Wellness, which delivers improved financial management to employees; and HRS Client Technology, developers of custom portals in the HR space, such as global total rewards portals. James was previously Chief Innovation Officer for the Xerox Consulting and Analytics Services (XCAS) group of companies, and the Analytics Resource Center (ARC). Key responsibilities of his included driving the correct build, buy or ally decisions, as well as overseeing analytics and automation.Prior to taking the CIO post, James founded and led a consulting and analytics company, NewField IT, and was one of the inventors of Asset DB; a geospatial database application that has become the industry standard for managed print and content services in the area of discovery and design. James led the business to the forefront of the MPS industry and negotiated a trade sale to Xerox in 2011.

Patrick Headley, chief executive, Go Inspire

Patrick Headley is a leading practitioner in the field of Direct Marketing. During his career, he has worked with several leading organisations, and has written a number of papers and articles for the marketing press and research publications. He regularly lectures at industry seminars supporting the print, mail and marketing industries. His particular skills lie in increasing the effectiveness of customer communications and using format, data and digital innovation as a means to do so. Patrick has held Sales Director and Managing Director roles and is now CEO of the growing marketing services group, Go Inspire. Bringing together the best in strategy, insight, print and mail, Patrick has a vision to deliver the most highly valued data-driven marketing support for the UK’s leading companies.

Paul Holohan, chief executive, Richmond Capital Partners

Paul Holohan is the Chief Executive of Richmond Capital Partners, the print industry Mergers & Acquisitions specialists, a business he founded in 2001.Prior to founding Richmond Capital Partners, Paul was Group Managing Director of the Print People Group, including Taylor-Bloxham Limited, which he took from a turnaround situation into one of the UK’s best printing firms. He is now a seasoned Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) advisor having successfully completed well over 200 transactions in the industry.Paul has an MBA, with distinction, from one of Europe’s leading business schools and has been published in management journals on this subject (M&A).

Charles Jarrold, chief executive, BPIF

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.

Jenny Shutt, Associate Director, Grant Thornton UK

Jenny Shutt is an Associate Director within the Finance Transformation and Working Capital Advisory team at Grant Thornton. She has spent over 10 years supporting clients to optimise their end-to-end working capital management processes and have supported over 50 clients on 4 continents in identifying and implementing cash and cost improvements across a wide variety of sectors. Jenny’s focus and passion lie in sustainability of process optimisation, enabled by fundamental behavioural change. She measures success by the ability to embed a cash culture within a client’s organisation to drive continuous improvement. At Grant Thornton, Jenny leads the Working Capital Advisory team where they are continually nurturing their networks across the market to be at the forefront of innovative solutions. Prior to consulting, she held Procurement roles for BMW and The Estee Lauder companies.

Dominic Harris, Director, Harler

Dominic Harris is the Co-Founder of Harler; a specialist print consultancy that leverages its network and knowledge to help organisations take back control of their print spend. Harler not only provides consulting services to organisations when they require deep expertise when selecting a new print provider, but also helps these organisations develop, audit or benchmark their current providers. Moreover, Harler is successfully working with many print and packaging companies to develop their own customer relationships and operating processes to help them grow their market share. Dominic’s corporate experience has seen him managing large-scale corporate contracts and teams from within the UK, Europe and North American print markets and has spent the past 20 years in senior roles at Adare International, Banner Managed Communication and Williams Lea Tag. Prior to this, he started his career in a pre-press company where he has operational responsibility for scanning through to output services.

Aron Priest, co-founder and managing director, Solopress

Aron Priest is Co-Founder and joint Managing Director of Solopress – the 24-hour printing specialists. Founded in 1999, Solopress’ mission is to provide great value, high standards and impressive delivery times. Starting out as a printing apprentice in 1988, Aron worked his way up into management before leaving in 1999 to start out on his own. Aron joined forces with local business owner Andy Smith and together they grew from a collaboration of two small printers to an online giant with an extensive range of resources.

Aron has always been all-hands-on-deck , and in the early years of Solopress could be found printing and cutting in a factory spanning just a small section of the now over 6000 square metre site which hosts 250+ members of staff. Following last year’s acquisition by German company Onlineprinters, 2018 is going to be a huge year as Solopress continues to expand, gain new business and launch new products.

Simon Biltcliffe, CEO, Webmart

Simon Biltcliffe is an award winning CEO,international public speaker and business expert; widely acclaimed for his talks on his Marxistcapitalist business model, as well as talks on employee motivation and running a thriving organisation in the 21st century.

An IoD Director of the Year, he is the founder and CEO of national print services agency, Webmart and the world’s first digitally driven print platform, Printelligence. From starting Webmart with just £10,000 of his own savings, Simon has turned the business into a £30 million turnover organisation with just 44 employees whilst implementing his unconventional business model and maximising everyone’s I.E.F (Intellectual, Emotional and Financial) return.

Alex Cunliffe, Founder, Inkthreadable

Alex started selling custom printing and embroidery to classmates in 2010 at his high school with his partner. Eight years later he is now managing a company of 11 staff, printing 170+ products for over 4,000 active merchants.

After school he moved into a local business space selling his services to the public, then developed a simple ecommerce site to take the same service online. As technology advanced, so did his company, going from customised B2C orders to completely on demand B2B order fulfilment through a bespoke drop shipping website.

Dally Purewal, Director, Ideas That Work/Nettl of Leeds

Dally has worked in creative design, print and web for 12 years within the Grafenia network. She was also recognized in the 2017 Northern Power Women’s awards making it in the top 50 list of ‘women in the North’s Future’. She won the Yorkshire ‘Young Achiever’s Award ‘in education in 2017, for her work in developing women in business and her work with young people, and was also a finalist at the Yorkshire Asian Business Association Awards 2017.

Dally Purewal is now the Director of Ideas that Work, at the Nettl of Leeds and printing.com in North Leeds. Prior to her directorial debut, she worked for the studio for over 7 years before acquiring it in January 2017. Under her leadership the business has strengthened and will continue to do so with her vision and her creative outlook.

Amy Elrington, client services Executive, Webmart

Amy is a Client Services Executive at Webmart. She has been at Webmart for just over a year now and joined as a Level 3 Business and Administration apprentice to the Executive Assistant to the CEO and then went on to become the Executive Assistant. After a year in the role she was ready to challenge herself further and wanted to take on a more customer facing role. She is now studying a Level 5 Business Management course to develop her skills further. Her role now includes meeting clients, bringing in new business and developing existing accounts.

Alice Murray, account manager, Hunts

Alice is an Account Manager at Hunts in Kidlington. Her role includes account management, customer service and estimating. Before starting her apprenticeship, she studied Creative Media Production and A Level Photography at Henley College and worked part time while considering different apprenticeship opportunities.

Jennifer Miller, project manager, Webmart

Jen is 27 years old and a proud Yorkshire girl. She is a Project Manager for Webmart Barnsley, where she’s worked for just over a year. She’s worked in print for 5 years and recently started an ILM Level 5 Apprenticeship in Leadership & Management.

Mike Newman, partner, The Business Allotment

Mike has spent 28 years in the print industry in roles including production, QA and client service at Wace Group, helped create and define Print Management at Centurion and was MD at Charterhouse during its initial rapid growth. For the last 10 years he has worked with end clients to help them get the best out of the Marketing Supply chain and with production companies and printers with the 5 p’s essential for growth – proposition, positioning, pitch, people and process.

David Kassler, global chief executive, Williams Lea Tag

David has spent the last decade as a CEO of private equity-backed businesses in the Media, Technology and Creative sectors, including EMI Music, Deluxe Entertainment and DeviceMesh. In his new position, David will lead the independent global company with the support of Advent International, Williams Lea Tag’s new investor.  David will be based in the UK and will have global responsibility for the business. He assumed his new role on 1 December 2017.

Luke Hodson, Founder, Awesome Merchandise

Luke Hodson is the founder of Awesome Merchandise, Awesome Distro & Mercht. Through humble beginnings, his team now work with thousands of amazing customers to create great products in their Leeds factory. Awesome Merchandise produces different print and merchandise products on a quick turnaround at affordable prices. Through Awesome Distro Luke offers e-commerce, warehousing and fulfilment, and tour logistics for clients in the music, art and clothing industries. His newest company is Mercht which is the free-way to create and sell t-shirts and merchandise online. His main focus is business development, product expansion, work flows, promotion and marketing.

Ian Wilton, Managing Director, Oxuniprint

Ian Wilton has worked in the printing industry for nearly 30 years and in this time he has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience within the industry. After completing his apprenticeship, his initial experience began as a Print Minder in both Web and Sheet-Fed companies. This involvement at shop floor level gave Ian the expertise and insight to steadily progress from a Pre-Press, Print and Bindery Supervisor to a Shift Manager. Ian became an Operation's Director in 2008, which led to him being presented with the BPIF Personal Improvement Award.