WePrint (incorporating SWUG NZ) is a volunteer-run organisation that relies on the dedication, time and support of many people in the newspaper industry. Here are the men and women that are behind the organisation of your New Zealand WePrint Conference.
Russell began his print career straight from school when commencing an apprenticeship as a lithographic web offset printer with The Toowoomba Chronicle in 1977. The Chronicle was part of the Provincial Newspapers of Queensland (PNQ) group which was purchased by APN News and Media in the late 1980s.
Russell continued his service with the paper until the 2000s when, looking for a change, he accepted a position as a printer with the New Zealand Herald and moved out of team management and back onto the production floor – an experience he says was very rewarding in many ways.
In 2007, he was promoted to the position of press manager before accepting a secondment role as the site manager for The Christchurch Star. The secondment was unexpectedly cut short by the February 2011 earthquake, which destroyed the print site – ultimately leading to the closure of the plant – which Russell recalls as a difficult and sobering task.
Returning to Auckland in late 2011, he took up his current role as operations manager with NZME Print Ellerslie (formerly APN News and Media).
During his 40 years in the industry, Russell has had the opportunity to participate in a large number of SWUG conferences, both in Australia and New Zealand, and is looking forward to contributing to many more successful conferences as a committee member.
Sue is Managing Director of Promote Ltd, an events management company based in Wellington. She’s best known for her role as Awards Manager for the prestigious Pride In Print Awards.
She has held this role since the inception of the Awards in 1993 and was actively involved in the creation of the Awards programme for the New Zealand Print Industry in 1992. Through this involvement she was invited by Ray Clarkson to speak at a SWUG conference in Nelson in 2004 and has been involved with the SWUG group to some degree ever since.
The SWUG Awards were established by Ray Clarkson committee in 2008 and presented for the first time at the Waikato Conference later that year.
Sue current role is to co-ordinate the entries and judging process for these Awards. With the retirement of Ray from the Chairman role she has worked closely with the new SWUG committee and the new Chairman, Dan Blackbourn, and has taken on more responsibility for recommending venue options and looking after the conference logistics.
Craig is currently the site manager of the largest commercial print site in New Zealand.
At PMP Print he is responsible for all facets of the company sheetfed and web printing operations. Craig has to date amassed 26 years within the print industry, predominantly at APN Print (Manukau). He has had roles in procurement of paper, sales support, sheet-fed and web operations management, as well as being involved in 12 press installations, a bindery upgrade and a complete move – it has been a very exciting career! Craig also had a 12-month stint in Australia with Times Printers Melbourne, Craig is the treasurer of SWUG New Zealand
Currently the general manager of Horton Media, Mike began his career at age 16 as an apprentice with the Auckland Star. When the Auckland Star premises on Shortland Street closed, he transferred to Auckland Community Print at Manukau and ran one shift. Some six years later, he moved to the NZME plant at Ellerslie on day shift, then Horton Media started up and he became one if its first two employees.
Having moved through his apprenticeship to become a number one printer, Mike then progressed onto being a supervisor and accepted the role of production manager at Horton Media. At age 35, he was encouraged by Matthew Horton to advance his management skills and studied part time at AUT where he completed 16 business papers and a Business Diploma.
Today as a general manager of Horton Media, Mike feels that he should give something back to an industry that propelled him through life and increased his professional development over 32 years.v