Blakedown born and bred, Jon first dipped his fingers in ink at 16 after taking up an apprenticeship in his home town. Barely six years later he was general manager of the firm and found himself being headhunted by Cradley Print – one of the nation’s foremost commercial print companies.
Jon’s new employers soon spotted his potential and he shot up the ladder to production manager. His meteoric rise continued when he became a shareholding group production director.
Jon was instrumental in increasing Cradley Print’s annual turnover fortyfold in the space of 14 years. He is a Fellow of the RSA, a graduate of the Institute of Printing and the Institute of Management in Printing.
Since the early ‘90s Jon has developed and sold two highly successful companies, covering both the litho and digital print worlds. His most notable achievement came in the specialist digital market when he took the Synergie group from a cold start to recording a £4m turnover in just three years.
A friendly and natural communicator, Jon’s impressive track record has seen him become a much sought-after management consultant in the print industry. The commercial and organisational skills he honed during his time with both large and small print firms have gone on to benefit a string of print companies.
Away from the world of print, Jon is a qualified firewalking instructor with a ‘flaming’ good reputation. As chairman of Worcester Norton Sports club, he turned a once ailing club into a thriving concern boasting 600 members and a substantial waiting list.
Jon is now fully focused on ensuring a successful future for iPrint – and is also committed to keeping his over enthusiastic dog Buster away from postmen and delivery drivers.
Born with a flair for design, Ian began his working life as a graphic artist. He moved into print management three years later as production manager with Burrows & Smith of Birmingham.
The influential role he played at the small, but highly regarded offset litho company, led to him being headhunted by Patent Print Limited as its new production director.
The company’s reputation for quality and reliability grew steadily under Ian’s control and he was subsequently offered a similar role with West Heath Press, a significantly larger outfit.
His next move was triggered by his fellow iPrint director Jon Williamson, then head of Synergie Digital Print Group, who was on the lookout for a production manager with a proven track record. The foundations of iPrint were beginning to form.
Ian is an excellent decision maker and ‘out of the box’ thinker. His management style is to lead by example and inspire colleagues. He admits to being slightly obsessive about meeting targets and even more so about fishing.
Ian lives with his wife and two grown up children in Solihull. When he is able to sneak out of the home unnoticed he heads straight for the riverbank.
Stephanie inherited her father’s passion for the print trade at an early age. Her first role was with the family litho press business which specialised in speedway-related publications.
Needing to spread her wings, she left the security of Weldon Press, to widen her experience with several leading print and packaging firms, including the Jervis Porter Group.
Stephanie’s in-depth knowledge of print processes has seen her advise a host of high profile clients including AOL, Orange, RS Components, Eidos Interactive, Personna and National Lottery operator Camelot.
More recently Stephanie has worked as a highly respected management consultant advising clients on all aspects of print and packaging.
A dramatic downturn in the economy – combined with wholescale improvements in digital print quality – saw Stephanie focus fully on digital technology. She believes the digital process is the best route for the majority of print jobs offering the best combination of quality and value.
Stephanie has worked closely with Jon Williamson over the years and needed little persuasion in becoming a major player at iPrint.
Outside the world of print, Stephanie is a professional badminton coach. She first got the shuttlecock bug while joining in games with her parents at a church hall in Brierley Hill. She still plays to a high standard and is a veteran competitor at Ashton Badminton Club, Kingswinford.
Now a highly qualified (Level 2 coach) with Badminton England, Stephanie organises school tournaments which regularly attract players from several counties. She is currently development officer for West Midlands Performance Centre and coaches the pre-raw and developing groups.
Stephanie also coaches after school clubs and groups of adults. She qualified as a BISI primary school badminton teacher in 2010.