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Celebrations at House of Lords for Rising Stars

The Printing Charity’s next generation of Rising Stars were celebrated yesterday (July 4th)

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The winners of the 2024 Rising Star Awards gathered to celebrate at The House of Lords on July 4th

Industry members and the industry’s next generation of Rising Stars gathered at The House of Lords yesterday (July 4th) to celebrate this year’s winners.

No risk of being overshadowed by certain political events taking place, the evening was hosted by Printing Charity 2024 President Baroness Morgan of Coates, and celebrated the 61 Rising Star Award winners of 2024.

As always, the awards attracted entrants from across the industry including paper, packaging, graphics, and publishing. This year, almost £84,000 will be awarded by the charity across 105 courses selected by the winners. 


The evening was hosted by Printing Charity 2024 President Baroness Morgan of Coates

Showcasing the diverse range of roles within the industry, this year’s winners spanned 50 different positions from print operatives, HR professionals, and security officers to print makers, bend hand team leaders, and analysts.

Addressing the room just before the awards were distributed, Neil Lovell, CEO of The Printing Charity, said: “The Rising Star Awards act as a bellwether for the industry, with the courses applied for often indicating print’s direction of travel, with ambitious, committed emerging talent looking to develop the skillsets they know will help them grow in their careers.

“These courses may be diverse, but they clearly indicate what our winners have in common: the drive to build their skills and capabilities to equip themselves well for the industry and the workplace of the future. The future is clearly bright.”

The growing diversity in the industry was also highlighted in the fact that over 50% of entrants this year were female. 

Core Skills Training:

Alberto Alfaro Lopez of Summit Creative
Ben Stewardson of Allen Signs
Benjamin Bowden of Reach Printing Services PLC
Cayla Blandin de Chalain of Amberley Labels
Chloe Johnson of Liverpool University Press
Daniel Greyson of Roberts Mart & Co
Ella Tomkins of Hachette Children’s Group
Isabel Shanahan of Imageco
Kyle Walker of Data Image Group
Kyle Wright of Signs Express
Maria Victoria Velasco Sanchez of Imagine Learning Studios UK
Oliver Gilligan of Propack Direct Mail
Thomas Barrie of Authentix Security Print Solutions

Training from Professional Bodies:

Abbie Golland of eProductivity Software (ePS)
Abbie Wagstaff of Signs Express
Beth Raven of Coveris UK Paper
Bethany Connolly-Atkins of Xaar plc
Callum Flynn of Bluetree Group
Callum Richardson of Bluetree Group
Craig McKerchar of Floris Books
Elle Brenton-Rounding of Hearst UK 
Fraser Smith of Edward Elgar Publishing
Georgia Kelly of Paragon Customer Communications
Hennah Sandhu of Hachette UK
James Bennett of Bluetree Group
James Tullett of Kimberly-Clark
Lexi Bickell of HarperCollins Publishers 
Lucy Kay of Paragon Customer Communications
Michaela O’Callaghan of Bounce Sales and Marketing
Rhian Davies of Manchester University Press
Taylor Holland of CPI UK

Professional Skills and Development Training:

Abigail Somers of Bloomsbury Publishing
Bobby Yaman of Reach Printing Services PLC
Carys Vickers of New Writing North 
Chace Vaughan of Roberts Mart & Co 
Cherrelle Wright of Citipost Mail
Diyora Shadijanova, freelance writer and journalist 
Ella Drayton of Precision Proco Group
Gabriel Connor of Westrock
Jack Boswell of Paragon Customer Communications
Jacob Morton of Roberts Mart & Co
Melissa Clay of McLaren Packaging/Compack
Mohammad Abdul Zameer Pasha of Transcend Packaging
Natassja Drobinski of The University of Sheffield 
Simone dos Santos of Cengage
Sonja Burniston of Blue Roll Press 

Leadership and Management Training:

Adam Whiting of Offset Print and Packaging
Alexia Bush of Citipost Mail
Carl Hester of Reach Printing Services PLC
Connor Lonsdale of Coveris UK Paper
Eden Blankley of Qualvis Print & Packaging
Emma Reynolds of Harkwell Labels
Giulia Caparrelli of Bonnier Books
Jake Raynor of Roberts Mart & Co
Jessica Wallace of Citipost Mail
Lori-May Straw of Citipost Mail
Peter Scott of Reach Printing Services PLC
Richard Amos of Precision Proco Group
Ronan McKechnie of CPI UK
Sophie Keech of All Vision
Tori Kendrick of Signs Express 

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