The Printing Charity has appointed Louisa Bull, Trade Union Officer at Unite the Union, Julia Palmer-Poucher, Group Production Director at Harmsworth Quays Printing, and David Phillips, Site Director, Dagenham and Manchester, at Paragon Customer Communications, to its Council, also referred to as trustees.
Louisa Bull heads up Unite’s Graphical, Paper, Media, and IT Sector. She was 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.
Louisa Bull says: “I have worked in the printing industry all my life and have always been passionate about lifelong learning. I am looking forward to helping the charity in its aims of encouraging new talent into the sector and championing upskilling as we continue to embrace technological change and innovation.”
Printing has always been in Julia Palmer-Poucher’s blood, having followed in the footsteps of her grandmother and uncle, who worked in print. Her own 24 year career with DMG has included roles in circulation and production prior to becoming Group Production Director where she has overall responsibility for the printing of all DMG newspapers and magazines. She is also responsible for the management and leadership of the Logistics Division of the Daily Mail and The Mail on Sunday.
David Phillips began his print journey in 2006 in the Planning Department at K2. A number of acquisitions led him to Paragon Customer Communications where, as Site Director at Paragon Dagenham, he is responsible for the day to day operations of one of the UK’s largest print production facilities. A keen advocate of talent development, he plays a key role in the Paragon Apprentice Academy and intern programmes.
“I think that what The Printing Charity has done over the last few years for both young people entering our industry and the people who work in it is fantastic. Just look at the Print Futures Awards as a great example,” David Phillips says. “As the industry changes and consolidates, I think the work they do is now more vital than ever and I look forward to joining its Council.”
Jon Wright, The Printing Charity’s Chairman, says: “Our new Council members bring a unique perspective across multiple areas of our sector, including newspaper and magazine production, logistics and large scale commercial print. Their knowledge and experience will be great assets for the charity.
“The new appointments increase the number of our trustees to ten and we look forward to working with them to help the charity continue to grow.”
About The Printing Charity: The Printing Charity is proud of its heritage and since 1827 has been supporting people of all ages working in printing, paper, packaging, and publishing. Its charitable aims include promoting independence, protecting dignity, and furthering education. It meets its aims by providing practical and emotional support including financial assistance, signposting to specialist services, and initiatives supporting sector specific training. The charity also runs two sheltered home schemes for people who have retired from the sector.
The charity’s Council members are elected for a term of three years, with a maximum of three terms. They are volunteer, unpaid roles. Members are responsible for ensuring that the charity fulfils its charitable objects and scrutinises the charity, whose day to day operation is delegated to the Chief Executive.
Please see www.theprintingcharity.org.uk for more information and follow @printingcharity