EFIA Board Members

Members of the EFIA board voluntarily join us from across the printed packaging industry. Currently the board includes volunteers from pre press companies, photopolymer plate providers, national and international print groups, adhesive products and ink suppliers. To assist the current team we are always looking for new members who will contribute to a wide array of projects aimed at the commercial, technical and educational development of the flexographic print process.

Neil Jones - EFIA Chairman

Neil is the Managing Director of Bobst UK & Ireland and Scandinavia.

Neil Jones

Neil joined the Board of Directors of EFIA in 2012 and was appointed Chairman in late 2017, having previously held the role of Vice Chairman. He was integrally involved in launching the new improved EFIA Academy where students can gain knowledge in all aspects of Flexo process.

Neil trained as an engineer who began his career at Bobst as a Field Service Technician in 1988 before becoming an instructor for corrugated flat bed die cutters and sheet fed Flexo presses in 1993.

In 1996 Neil became the UK Service Manager before moving on to become the President of Bobst Group Japan in 2006.

After a successful 5 years in Asia, Neil returned to the UK with his family to take responsibility for the UK and Scandinavian markets, where he is overseeing the growth and development of BOBST Services.

Website: www.bobst.com

Andy Wilson - EFIA - Vice Chairman

Andy Wilson is the Group Colour Manager for Coveris UK Food & Consumer, working across board, labels & film.

Andy Wilson

After studying design (specialising in packaging), Andy worked in several creative agencies covering a broad spectrum of work, before moving to Leeds in 1997 to join the InTouch Group (now Matthews Brand Solutions). Whilst at Matthews, he developed a passion for colour maths / theory to help with the prediction of ink on press. In 2011 Andy joined ASDA to help control their own label packaging across a diverse range of materials and print processes before leaving in May 2014 to work for Coveris. He currently lives near Leeds with his wife Joy and 3 children. A keen cyclist whose hobbies also include wood-working, technology and Lego building (with the children!).

Website: www.coveris.com

Debbie Waldron-Hoines - Executive Director

Debbie has an Honours Degree in French Language and Literature and an MBA.

Debbie Waldron-Hoines

Debbie has worked in the printing and packaging industry for a number of years starting in labels at Harlands of Hull, moving to reprographics at Gilchrist Brothers and finally to run the D S Smith Pre Print at Clay Cross until 2000.

In 2001 Debbie established Avant-Tout, a specialist consultancy business within the print and packaging industry. Avant-Tout has helped businesses both in the UK and France. She is also a founder and Director of Women In Packaging UK Ltd. - an initiative to connect, support and recognise the contribution of female employees in the UK packaging industry.

Website: www.avant-tout.com

Sally-Anne Heaford - EFIA Finance Director

Sally-Anne is Managing Director at JM Heaford Limited.

Sally-Anne Heaford

An Economics graduate, Sally-Anne had a career in finance in London and the Middle East before returning to Manchester and a family business. With 10 years at JM Heaford Ltd, a supplier of flexo mounting and proofing machines for over three decades and in over 100 countries, she has had an extensive insight into our industry. She and JM Heaford are enthusiastic to support all aspects of EFIA’s operations.

Website: www.jmheaford.co.uk

Joanna Stephenson - EFIA Marketing Director

Joanna is the Managing Director of PHD Marketing & Strategy Ltd.

Joanna Stephenson

Joanna joined the Board of Directors of EFIA in 2010 and is currently Marketing Director responsible for the promotion of the Association and Flexography across the media and digital landscape.

Graduating in 1992 from UMIST in Manchester, Joanna has worked across the print, plastics and packaging industries for over 25 years. Most recently she held the role of Vice President of Marketing & Innovation on the board of LINPAC and prior to that European Marketing Director at Sun Chemical and Global Films Product Director at Dow Chemical.

In 2014, Joanna launched an award winning marketing services business, which handles communications requirements of a range of print and packaging companies in the UK, Europe and Middle East.

Joanna is also a founder and director of Women in Packaging UK - an initiative to connect, support and recognise the contribution of female employees in the UK packaging industry and is a non-executive director of leading specialty chemical distribution group, Cornelius Group Plc.

Website: www.phdmarketing.co.uk

Mike Adams - EFIA Director

Mike is Operations Manager for The Interflex Group in Sunderland and joined the EFIA Board of Directors in 2016.

Mike Adams

Mike has worked in the print industry since 1983. He started off as a flexographic printer with Deeside Packaging in Stonehaven and took on several roles over the years within Sidlaw, Danisco and Amcor.

After 9 years as Print Manager at Amcor Venus in Ilkeston, Mike moved back to Scotland to take up the role of Manufacturing Manager at S&R Gravure in Livingston.

In 2009 Mike parted company with Amcor and joined the Interflex Group to take up his current position.

Website: www.interflexgroup.co.uk

Robert (Bob) Drew - EFIA Director

Bob is National Sales Manager UK for Lohmann Adhesive Tape Systems (UK) Ltd.

Bob Drew

Bob entered the printing industry at age 17 straight from school. He served his apprenticeship at Boots Print and progressed to become Quality Assurance manager, he later joined Boots Contract Manufacturing, qualifying as a Packaging Technologist through the Institute of Packaging. Bob joined Lohmann in 1997 to manage the UK Graphics (Flexo) market segment. With 46 years of experience in print, quality, packaging & tapes, Bob has a diverse knowledge of the printing industry.

Living in Nottingham, married to Kay, with two boys (aged 21 & 17). Pastimes include: supporting football, local team and boys teams, cooking (not quite ready for MasterChef) and occasional golfer.

Website: www.lohmann-tapes.co.uk

Steve Mulcahy - EFIA Director

CEO / Owner Contact Originators Bredbury.

Steve Mulcahy

Steve is a successful Entrepreneur who has spent over 35 years in the UK Paper Industry working initially in the soft tissue paper sector working for Bowater’s, The Scott Corporation, AM Paper & SCA. In 1999 he also developed the first fully integrated production facility for Cardboard pallet production. Steve has held many key roles during his successful Career including Senior Board Positions.

In 1999 Steve played a major part in the sale of AM Paper to SCA Hygiene division for £230m, this deal was one of the largest of its type in the UK.

Steve has also previously served as Vice Chairman for the (CPI) Confederation of Paper Industries who are the voice of the Paper industry in the UK.

Initially trained in a sales background, Steve developed a flair for all things commercial which provided him with opportunities to experience all areas of manufacturing and process control. This also included the running of fully integrated Tissue Mills with onsite conversation.

Before recently purchasing Contact Originators an Origination, Reproduction, and Flexo Platemaking operation in Bredbury Cheshire. Steve has spent time working as a Business Fixer for Owner Operators and Financial Institutions, turning businesses in distress back into viable and saleable assets again.

Steve has supported and continues to do charity work and has helped raise substantial amounts of funds for many worthwhile charities. A family man who in recent years has enjoyed becoming a Grandparent.

Website: www.contact-group.co.uk

Paul Barber - EFIA Director

Paul is Operations Director for VPK Group, UK & Ireland.

Paul Barber

Paul joined the board of EFIA in June 2021.

Paul has been in the packaging and corrugated industry since 1997 when he joined Smurfit Kappa as a clamp truck driver in the factory in Weston-Super-Mare. A number of roles followed including Corrugator planner, Factory planner, Purchasing, Machine operations and a number of improvement projects before becoming the Operations Director.

Following a CEO role at Sigma Squared Solutions Ltd Paul joined VPK Packaging UK and Ireland as a Site Director in 2015 and is currently Operations Director. Paul lives in the South West of the UK and enjoys watching football, motorsports and spending time with his family.

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