Session Details

This panel session will focus on the significant strides made in the FESPA UK Waste Accreditation program, highlighting its role in fostering sustainable waste management practices within the print, signage and graphics industry. Since its inception, the Waste Accreditation program has been pivotal in guiding businesses towards responsible waste disposal and recycling, emphasizing the importance of a circular economy.

The discussion features industry leaders from Soyang Europe and Premier Paper, both recognised as ‘champions’ for their efforts in driving sustainable waste management, along with Suzi Ward and Jon Hutton from FESPA UK. The panel will share insights in to how the accreditation has helped businesses optimise waste processes and improve environmental impacts. They will also discuss the collaborative efforts between FESPA UK and suppliers to broaden the scope of materials accepted for recycling, making it easier for businesses to manage their waste effectively.

Speakers

Suzi

Suzi Ward

Managing DirectorFESPA UK
Suzi Ward is managing director of the FESPA UK Association, where she has been a driving force for the past eight years. Taking on the role three years ago, Suzi has brought a wealth of passion and innovation to the association, particularly in the realms of event creation and industry initiatives.

Her leadership has been instrumental in developing and expanding projects such as the Next Generation Project, which supports emerging talent in the industry, and the Waste Accreditation Scheme, promoting sustainable waste management practices.

Suzi has also played a crucial role in the establishment of the Sustainability Waste Academy, which offers a suite of seven courses designed to educate and empower businesses to adopt more environmentally friendly practices. Her commitment to fostering a sustainable and collaborative industry is evident in the many successful initiatives and events she has spearheaded.
Jon

Jon Hutton

Sustainability Consultant FESPA UK
Jon Hutton is a sustainability consultant at FESPA UK, with over 20 years of experience in the print industry's waste and recycling management sector. Known for his expertise and passion for sustainable practices, Jon is a highly regarded figure and frequent speaker within the industry.

Jon has spearheaded various initiatives aimed at enhancing the environmental footprint of the industry and its supply chains, with key achievements including the diversion of over 100,000 tonnes of label waste and polyester foils from landfills. He has also played a pivotal role in developing the FESPA UK Waste Accreditation program.

His current focus is on establishing national infrastructures for recycling production and end-of-life graphics materials, aiming to create a more sustainable future for the printing industry.
Andrew Simmons

Andrew Simmons

​Sales Director MediaSoyang Europe
Andrew Simmons is sales director for media at Soyang Europe, a manufacturer and distributor of wide- and grand-format media and hardware.

Andrew is a long-serving member of the Soyang Europe team, having joined the company as sales manager back in September 2011. He went on to become sales director in January 2014 and then director of product development in May 2022.

He has served in his current role since the turn of the current year, working with customers across a range of markets on helping them identify the best media solutions for their business.
Brad West

Brad West

Director of Wide-Format Media (UK and Ireland)Premier
Brad West is director of wide-format media (UK and Ireland) at Premier, a leading supplier of paper and materials, operating in 23 countries and part of the global OVOL Japan Pulp & Paper Group.

With over 30 years in the print, signs, and graphics industry, Brad joined Premier in 2018 and has played a key role in developing the Display Graphics Division, driving substantial growth over the past six years.

His dedication to collaborating with key industry partners ensures that Premier continues to offer top-tier solutions and services, enabling print service providers and end users to achieve creative and sustainable projects.

Date & Time

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Speakers

Suzi Ward

Jon Hutton

Andrew Simmons

Brad West