The EFIA Board of DirectorsMembers of the EFIA board 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.
David John Galton PhD – Chairman
David Galton is a director of Asahi Photo products and leads the UK flexographic printing plate business activities.
David Galton is a native of London and has worked within the printing industry for his entire industrial career. Since finishing his initial printing education at the London Collage of Printing he went onto gain his PhD at Leeds University. Galton started his industrial career with Ilford Films, working in a technical group based in the R&D department, which was tasked with the field application of Rapid Access graphic arts film in the early 1970’s. In the early 1980’s he transferred to Litho Plate technology working with Polychrome. In the mid 1980’s Galton transferred to Asahi Chemical working in the flexographic sector of the printing industry.
Debbie Waldron-Hoines – Consultant Director
Debbie Waldron-Hoines is Consultant Director of the EFIA and Director of Avant Tout, a print solutions management business specialising in flexography.
Debbie has an Honours Degree in French Language and Literature and a MBA. 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.
Alistair is director at Brand Imaging Solutions.
Since graduating Alistair started his flexo life with Bischof and Kline being responsible for the development of the wide web printed film team. During his tenure with B+K he was part of the EFTA board. Alistair has been in the flexo industry for over 20 years and has experience of many applications in the UK, Europe and Asia for printers, retailers and brand owners. He brings a wealth of experience to the team and supports the marketing function.
Joanna is Vice President Marketing and Innovation for Linpac Packaging Limited.
Joanna is a graduate of University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology (UMIST) and holds a First Class Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Economics, Management and Textiles. In 1992, she joined Dow Chemical working in various plastics commercial roles until 2003. Following a consultancy role in London, Joanna joined Sun Chemical in 2007 and her key responsibilities include European product strategy development, product innovation pipeline management, communications strategy and planning, as well as management of multiple growth initiatives for the company. Joanna then joined Linpac in 2011.
Dean is Flexo Development Manager for the Amcor Fresh Dairy and Capsules Cluster.
Dean has over 27 years experience working in the printing industry. Dean has experienced first-hand the technological improvements from both machine manufacturers equipment that service our industry. Dean is keen to support the new EFIA agenda and deliver true benefits to all members.
Andy is the Technical Services Manager for DS Smith Speciality Packaging, Belper.
Andy has been associated with flexography since the late 1980’s and as you can imagine has seen immense change in the process over this time. Most of the top brands are now choosing flexography as part of their print portfolio. Going forward training will play a major role in underpinning the bright future this print process has to offer.
Peter is Technical Director for Prestige Graphics.
Peter has over 35 years industry experience from apprenticeship to his current position. He spent many years specialising in artwork and repro production across all processes but specialising in flexography. Through dealing with brand owners and retailers he has gained a strong insight into the needs of all parties along the packaging supply chain.
Robert (Bob) Drew
Bob is National Sales Manager for Lohmann Tapes.
Bob started in the industry with Boots Print Ltd. and trained in litho, letterpress, plate making, cutting & creasing, inline gluing, vacuum forming, guillotining, punching, bindery, folding and management systems. This was followed by several positions in Quality Assurance for Boots. Bob then joined Lohmann Tapes in 1997 and implemented the successful introduction of Lohmann plate mount products in the UK market.
Bernard is retired and represents Windmoller and Holscher.
Bernard has been involved in the printing industry for 50 years. He started as a flexographic printer and later moved into management. For the last 20 years he has represented Windmoller and Holscher in the UK and has been a long standing EFIA board member with a strong interest in education and training. He retired from Wantzen in 2011.
Darren is Business Development Director at The OPM Group
Darren has been involved with print and graphics since serving his apprenticeship over 25 years ago in the PS Labelling sector, covering many different printing methods. This was followed by many years in both the printing and the reprographics sectors, prior to his current role within OPM. He is an ex Director and lecturer for the IOM3 and is one of the youngest people to ever be granted Fellowship of that Institution.
John Bambery is Chairman of BPIF labels and Technoprint (Cheshire) Limited
Starting out life as an apprentice compositor he has spent 50 years in the printing industry. After obtaining his City & Guilds Full Tech. Certificate he spent 14 years in management with the McCorquodale Group. He joined Typolac (UK) Limited in 1980 where he spent 5 years before setting up his own business producing self adhesive labels -- Lancastrian Labels Limited. This company relied heavily on the technical advances that the flexographic printing process were making at the time. His company joined EFTA (UK) Limited in 1987 and he spent many years on the board as well as serving 2 terms as Chairman. He was also heavily involved in the BPIF serving on their board for 11 years which resulted in him serving 2 years as President of Integraf. He was also EFTA's nominee as Chairman of the printing industry's NTO. He has a wealth of experience in all aspects of printing and printing management. Retiring in 2006 he has come back into the industry to share his knowledge.
Keith is Group Print Development Manager for the inspirepac group.
Based out of the Wetherby site he has over 25 years working with state of the art presses in the corrugated industry working, most recently the installation of the Bobst Masterflex L followed by the Gopfert HBL at the Wetherby site. The site was previously owned by Mondi & before that Safepack Ltd.
Keith also has vast experience in die-cutting & gluing but his main focus is print. Working alongside the sales team he helps manage customer's expectations when converting litho to flexo.
Sally-Anne Heaford is a director at JM Heaford Limited.
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 J M Heaford Limited, a supplier of flexo mounting and proofing machines for over two decades and in over a 100 countries, she has had an extensive insight into the industry. She and J M Heaford Limited are enthusiastic to support all aspects of EFIAs operations.
Neil is the Managing Director of Bobst UK & Ireland along with responsibilities for Bobst Services in Scandinavia
Neil Jones was born on the Wirral in 1962 and is married with a daughter. Neil is 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 of the UK and Scandinavian markets.