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Your Committee

The committee meets regularly through the early part of the year to organise and plan the visits for the season. We're a mixed bunch, including educators, packaging experts (OK, Ian's both of those), consultants, designers and sales and marketing people. We have a couple of Fellows and a Packaging Board member, but we all share a commitment to this great industry, and we think we offer our members an interesting and informative programme of events. You can make contact with any individual member of the committee by clicking on their name below, and if you want to make contact with the committee as a whole, please drop an e-mail to Ian, our secretary.

Martin Hardwidge Martin has a background in Marketing Communications, and specific expertise in Flexible Packaging, Adhesives and Packaging Machinery. He runs his own business MHA Sales and Marketing, specialising in PR and marketing communications for packaging and other technical businesses. Martin Hardwidge
Vice Chairman and membership
Chris Turner

Been deeply involved in the Packaging Industry for over 30 years (nearly forty actually!) both in the UK and based in Hong Kong for a couple of years. Worked with packaging machinery and materials.Currently UK Agent for PET Power for over 4 years but also supplies various items in packaging in smaller quantities. Chris was awarded his Fellowship of the Society in 2007.

Chris Turner
Ian Morris Ian has a wealth of experience in packaging and is a leading light of the Packaging Society's educational programme, delivering Diploma and Certificate courses at venues across the region. Ian Morris
David Smalley Despite retirement my packaging transplant still works well. Director of Bradshaw Smalley Ltd.Starpack Award Winner in 1998. Had an interest in the Student Starpack Competition. Experienced in printing folding cartons also a knowledge of corrugated,rigid covered boxes, pvc cartons as well as other materials and products. Understand Cost Savings.  Institute Diploma 1964. Fellow 1980. National Council Chairman 1987.Currently Vice-Chairman of Trustees. Willing to assist anyone who can benefit from my knowledge and experience.
Education Officer
Des Page Des has been involved in print and packaging for more years than he cares to remember, setting up and running a print finishing business in the 1970's, and establishing Heanor Gate Printing in Derbyshire. For the last twenty years he has specialised in Executive Search and Selection, being responsible for the selection and recruitment of senior and board level positions for prestigious UK and European printing and packaging clients. He is currently MD of Granville James Ltd
Mike Lamb Mike is a Fellow of the Institute of Sales & Marketing Management and a Fellow of the Institute of Packaging.He works for Kingsway Printers(The label Specialists) as Midlands Sales Manager. Mike makes great use of the networking opportunities that come from Society membership, including 6-figure projects for major retailers that have arisen directly from contacts made through the Society. Mike Lamb
Chris Penfold Chris has worked in packaging for over 20 years. He runs Design Cognition, a packaging development specialist outsourcing partner, joining forces with product developers who need help & support. They act as a virtual packaging development department - allowing clients to concentrate on what they are good at – developing products.
They also provide support for clients who already have a Packaging Development department and just want to ‘top-up’ their in-house development teams during peak project demand. For more info visit: or call Chris on 0115 846 1914.
Chris Penfold
Phil Garvey    
Gavin Johnson    
Keith Barnes

Keith has been involved in the world of packaging for more than forty years. Management roles within Ilford and Boots have led on to a career in consultancy. Mintel is a major client, and Keith helped to organise their GNPD packaging section. Keith is a fellow of the Institute, a past chairman of Council and a Trustee of the Institute. A Chartered Scientist, he is also on the new Packaging Board of IOMMM.

Keith organised the Packaging Section of Materials congress and is on the Technology board, the Surface Engineering committee and is involved with Smart Materials.