Anthony Evans - APCOM President
(Past President 2010-2012)
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 Swansea Council, DesignPrint unit, which incorporates graphic design, large format, digital print, 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!'
Graham Lowe - APCOM Secretary
(Past President 2012-2015)
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.
James Clark – APCOM Treasurer
James is the Production Manager for the Creative Services dept at PDSA, the UK’s leading veterinary charity.
The dept meets the needs of 50 pet hospitals, enabling them to concentrate on providing 2.7 million treatments for sick and injured pets each year. The dept also supports fundraising activities and c.130 PDSA charity shops 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”
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
Mark Barlow – APCOM Executive Member
(Past President 2008-2010)
Formerly Blackpool Council
Mark took early retirement from the Public Sector in March 2018, having worked at Blackpool Council for over 32 years, as Head of Design & Print Services at Blackpool Council, which incorporated Graphic design, wide format, both digital and litho processes, transactional printing, 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. With well over 32 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.
Andrew Winkley – APCOM Executive Member
Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council
Andrew is InPress, Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Councils Print Manager, he has over 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
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.
Guy Millward – APCOM Executive Member
Guy was formally APCOM Secretary from 2008 to 2013.
Since 1993 he has been Torbay Council Print Division’s Prepress Manager. The division provides graphic design, large format, signage, digital print, transactional printing, hybrid mail, bulk insertion and mailing for GP surgeries, a Government Ministry, a Hospital Trust and private organisations as well as of course Torbay Council for which we also management of the council MFD fleet, and a professional print buying service.
Prior to this Guy ran a small Prepress business providing scanning and design services and imposed colour film set production.
Guy is married to Donna and during the last 26 years they have brought into this world 8 children and adopted two more. For Guy the whole purpose to life is his family and living and working in Torbay provides a fantastic environment in which to do this.
Steve Thomas – APCOM Executive Member
Steve is head of Design Print and Photography at Lancaster University. They are a small innovative agile team offering a variety of print and creative services. The team sits within commercial services at Lancaster University and as such are run as an internal business.
The team faces pressures from digitisation and outsourcing as well as the external political and budgetary factors which affect the HE sector overall. They therefore have much in common with colleagues in both the HE and public sector. Steve believes that sharing best business practice as well as keeping up to date with the latest technology and innovations are key to ensuring that the services remain relevant and valued into the future.
Steve looks forward to sharing and learning from you all.