Wednesday, 07 Aug 2019 12:18 GMT

The “chief disruption officer” has landed

The Stationers’ Company is to undergo a period of positive disruption as it welcomes its new Master, Trevor Fenwick.

Described as “a Master like no other”, Fenwick is known by colleagues as being “part Luke Skywalker, part Darth Vader”, as well as the “chief disruption officer” – titles he finds fitting as someone who likes to ‘break the mould’.

A Liveryman since 2008, Fenwick has sat on the Stationers’ Industry and Wine committees, chaired the Membership Development Committee and is currently a trustee of the Stationers’ Foundation.

During his year as Master, Fenwick says he plans to leave the Company in a better place. Passionate about the role of education, he will continue to encourage the offering of bursaries for young people.

A major focus for the year will be the refurbishment and modernisation of the Stationers’ Hall. Fenwick will contribute towards fundraising efforts to facilitate this during his term of office.

Having lived through the transition from ink on paper to digital content publishing, the new Master plans to make the Stationers’ Company more diverse by networking with and attracting younger entrepreneurs in the design, digital marketing, print, publishing and educational sectors.

We saw print evolve into mass communication with movable type and we are now going through another exciting but challenging era with digital technology

Fenwick was invited into the Livery after colleagues in publishing recognised the need for Stationers to engage with the “rapidly evolving world of digital publishing”.

Commenting on his passion and plans, Fenwick says: “The interaction of art and industry, art and science fascinates me still – the poet and the plumbers side by side. We saw print evolve into mass communication with movable type and we are now going through another exciting but challenging era with digital technology. History informs the way we do things, but we are always moving forward.

“Life is a journey of opportunities and challenges, some taken, some missed. I have been extremely lucky, so far, to have had more hits than misses. There was, and is, no masterplan; just enjoy and make the most of the chances that come one’s way.”

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