Michael Jacques - APCOM President
Leicestershire County Council
My career started in print working for a newspaper as a compositor and soon realised that with the introduction of typesetting this may not be a good career move. I then progressed as a printer working both within the in-plant and commercial sectors. This gave me a good grounding of how different the printing industry was, and how the two types of operation although the same in principle were miles apart in both production and equipment.In the early 80’s, I started my own print company and developed this for over 20 years into a medium sized B2 colour print operation.
During this time I made many friends within the industry and had a first-hand crash course into every aspect of the printing operations from initial design and selling to print finishing. This grounding was invaluable and the skills learned along the way have proven their worth many times over since then. It also gave me the chance to enjoy myself and jump on the presses when the need arose. Although I had a hard time convincing my children that my first four colour machine was not actually a train!
I started at Leicestershire County Council in 2004 and helped with the review to create a new fully equipped print room. Following this I took over the role as Print Manager in 2005 and oversaw the modernisation of the department and introduction of the new equipment and printing procedures. Now four years on, we have brought all the external work back within the department to provide all of Leicestershire County Council’s print requirements internally and have generated income streams by bringing work in from external partners. I have especially enjoyed the networking with Apcom and the close working arrangements developing with other members.
Nigel Leighton - APCOM Secretary
The Document Centre (Wolverhampton City Council)
Nigel, who has racked up over 30 years in print split between the private and public sector, is the Business Manager of The Document Centre at Wolverhampton City Council which provides graphic design, document processing, print, encompassing litho, digital, transactional and wide format, mail and distribution and a print commissioning service for the authority.
Vindication of a strategic decision made a few years ago to rebrand and transform The Document Centre from a traditional print services provider (PSP) to a comprehensive marketing services provider (MSP) and ensuring that operations are firmly embedded and contributing to the goals of the organisation has ensured that The Document Centre has enjoyed steady growth even though internal marketing budgets have been reduced.
Nigel is a great believer that however big an expert you might be in your own field, you can always learn from people with a different pool of knowledge and debate with people facing similar challenges can clear your head, stimulate creativity and inspire solutions, that’s why, in his opinion APCOM has been so successful for over 30 years.
When he has a spare moment outside of the office, Nigel enjoys relaxing with his family alongside pretending to be Darth Vader and being struck regularly with a light sabre by his Star Wars mad son.
James Clark – APCOM Treasurer
James manages the Design & Print dept at PDSA, the UK’s leading veterinary charity.
The PDSA meet the needs of c.180 shops and 50 pet hospitals across the UK. Their work varies greatly from stationery, clothing and plaques to high profile events and pet health initiatives. It’s certainly never boring!
James discovered a passion for print in his student days - having learned nearly every aspect of newspaper production and distribution through first-hand experience. “It was a useful excuse to escape the Physics department – and sit in the Union bar – paginating, of course.”
With these new found skills and the invaluable help and advice of friends, he then spent 10 years in b2b magazines and managed the print for the Commonwealth Games in Manchester, before joining PDSA.
“Asking for help and advice, sharing best practice and learning from others is the only way you can really start to understand the vast array of options available to you with print. We can all have a good laugh at some of the silly questions we get asked, but we’ve all had to find out the answer for ourselves at some point”
Graham Lowe - APCOM Immediate Past President
Formerly Staffordshire County Council
Graham was the Sales & Marketing Manager of Print Commissioning Services in Staffordshire County Council and moved to print in 2004, bringing over 20 years' experience in local authority trading service management.
Graham joined the former Central Print Unit at a time of considerable uncertainty and has overseen projects that have significantly changed printing services in Staffordshire. Most significantly the former print unit was restructured and re-branded resulting in major business improvement and a recent relocation to purpose built premises. Graham often states that APCOM membership has played a major part in Staffordshire's successes. Print Commissioning Services provided a successful centralised corporate access point for a diverse range of print services including graphic design, litho, digital, wide format, variable data, finishing, procurement and project management.
Mark Barlow – APCOM Conference Coordinator
Mark is the Head of Design & Services at Blackpool Council, which incorporates Graphic design, wide format, both digital and litho processes, transactional printing, management of the council MFD fleet, promotional items, including garments/mugs/key rings etc. and a professional print buying service for the authority.
Originally trained as a Computer Graphic Designer, using such diverse software as GEM Ventura, CorelDraw and Paintbrush, Mark has a broad range of experience within the Public Sector and Printing. Initial duties involved Estimating and Accounting, whilst continuing to build on the Design aspects as a sideline, with the onset of new technology the old Compugraphic Editwriter was replaced and a whole new era began. In 1992 Mark became the Manager of Blackpool Council’s Print and Design Service, which had a small staff of 7, this has now grown to 30, incorporating the Post service and a much larger Graphics Team. With well over 24 years local government experience, Mark is well versed in the intricate workings and procedures surrounding In-plant operations within a local authority.
Mark has been an active member of APCOM since 2000 and was formerly APCOM President 2008-2010, editor of the magazine, secretary and publicity officer. On a personal note one of Mark’s main passions is Scuba Diving, which he currently teaches in the UK.
Anthony Evans - APCOM Executive Member
City and County of Swansea
Anthony held the role of APCOM president from 2010 to 2012. He has been an active member of APCOM since 2003 and was formerly APCOM Secretary, Acting Treasurer and Vice President. Anthony has been the APCOM magazine editor for many years and currently manages the web site.
In his full time capacity, Anthony is the Manager of the City and County of Swansea, DesignPrint unit, which incorporates graphic design, large format, both digital and litho print processes, transactional printing, bulk insertion and mailing, management of the council MFD fleet, and a professional print buying service for the authority. Originally trained as a Technical Illustrator and Graphic Designer, Anthony has a broad range of experience spanning over 30 years in the print sector. As a graphic designer and studio manager for a 100 year old printing company, Anthony was instrumental in bringing the then new Apple Mac technology to the studio and developing reprographic services around this. He was also a part time lecturer in graphic design and DTP.
Anthony moved to the public sector in 2000 bringing commercial experience gained in the private sector to a developing in-plant facility.
Anthony has three sons, all playing football, rugby, cricket, etc., so spends most weekends on the touch line, and was formerly Treasurer and Chairman of the local junior football club. Anthony is now a grandfather to three children, and says 'after having three boys, it is quite a departure to have a girl in the family. All of a sudden, it's all glitter and sparkly things!'
Andrew Winkley – APCOM Executive Member
Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council
Andrew is InPress, Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Councils Print Manager, he has nearly 30 years' experience within the industry in both the private and public sector. He became the manager in 2011 and instigated a full service review that oversaw the re-alignment of the department with a clear vision focused on the future printed material of DMBC. This vision implemented required InPress, DMBC to become category managers for "all things print DMBC", by either producing or procuring as a trading account and developing external income streams via framework contracts.
Andrew cut his cloth in the industry as a trainee lithographic printer and print finisher in the 1980's, his passion for the print industry enabled him to develop into a number one press minder. As his career progressed Andrew decided this was the "life choice" industry for him and he chose to develop his business and management skills via further education, this recently culminated in a Post graduate Certificate in Print Management from Loughborough University. The next educational venture to be undertaken by Andrew is the NEBOSH certificate in Health and safety.
Andrew has been an APCOM member since 2007 and decided to take the opportunity to join the Executive team stating " I have learnt a lot about the industry from APCOM Executives and members over the years, I now feel it is time to try and put something back in to the organisation, with a view to helping other print managers in this ever changing industry of ours"
Andrew is married to Sarah and has a son, Lawrence, plus the family Labrador, Amber, most of his spare time is spent with the family on one excursion or another. However, he still manages to watch the Doncaster Knights rugby team on a regular basis.
Karl Kay – APCOM Executive Member
Northern Lincolnshire Business Connect
Karl Kay is the Head of Service for the Design and Print People at Northern Lincolnshire Business Connect, a collaborative partnership of services offered by North East Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire Councils. The Design and print people offer a comprehensive graphic design and digital print service for both the local authorities and a wide range of commercial clients.
Karl is a qualified printer, graphic designer and photographer, having worked exclusively in print and design since 1979.
Karl originally became a print company general manager in 1984, aged just 21, before moving to a print management role in local government in 1986, at the now defunct Cleethorpes Borough Council, then becoming printing section manager for North East Lincolnshire Council at its inception in 1996.
Karl used his 25 years management experience to gain a postgraduate degree in management in 2012, also gaining the honour of Student of the Year from Leeds Beckett University.
Outside of work, Karl's main interest are, motorcycling, ancestral health promotion, yoga, cricket, tennis, and photography blogging.
Karl has been an active member of APCOM for over 10 years
Jo-anne Currie – APCOM Co-opted Executive Member
Hampshire County Council
I was born and raised in South Africa and my family and I immigrated to the UK in 2007. I am married with two lovely children, both girls and both thriving in the wonderful country that we are privileged to now be citizens of and can call home.
I live in Hampshire with my husband Warwick and both our girls (Ashleigh & Melissa) have left the nest. We also have
two lovely dogs that must be mentioned. A Cavalier King Charles named Dame Truffles, and a Bichon Frise named
For the first twenty years of my career in South Africa I worked in the Human Resources arena. I joined Hampshire County Council in 2008 working in various departments across this vast organisation. I became a member of the Facilities Management team under the leadership of Kathie Lock, Head of Facilities Management in 2015.
My responsibilities at Hampshire County Council include managing the contract for our office print fleet of around
seven hundred Multi-Functional Devices, and as from April 2017, I will also be responsible for the Council’s in-house
production volume print and signage services, Hampshire Print Services as we are centralising our print and
document services for service improvements, efficiencies and savings. In South Africa, Print was briefly part of my
portfolio, but relatively speaking I am a Print newbie.
Alongside Print, my passion lies in people management and development. I am a Chartered Member of the
Chartered Management Institute (CMI), and am certified in Strategic Management. I firmly believe that the success of any business, Print or otherwise, depends on the people. Treat staff fairly and with respect, and together you can overcome most things and achieve a lot.