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Alf Carrigan steps down as chairman of National Print Awards

Thursday, 01 September 2005
By Print 21 Online Article

Carrigan relinquished the role after three years, deciding not to nominate again in the belief that having being responsible for rejuvenating the once tired awards, he should step aside for a younger member of the industry. “It’s great to see a younger person taking on this responsibility, especially one who is currently working in the industry, rather than another old retiree like me,” he said.

In his time at the helm, the NPA has gone from strength to strength, increasing its roll call of patrons and returning to its role as the premier industry event. Carrigan points to the considerable increase in the number of entries and the 1,253 attendance at this year’s event in Melbourne during PacPrint as indicators of his team’s successful impact.

He nominates the appointment of a national independent board of judges under the chairmanship of industry guru Rod Urquhart, as well as the broadening of the board to include members from New South Wales as other notable achievements.

“We had an excellent team of dedicated volunteers who have worked hard to win the confidence and support of the industry. I salute them all,” he said. “I fully support the nomination of our deputy chairman, Scott Telfer, for chair of the 23rd Awards.”

Incoming chairman, Scot Telfer, national sales & marketing manager, Promentum Limited, will be confirmed in the position at the NPA annual meeting September 27. He was quick to praise his predecessor. “Alf’s worked tirelessly to turn the battleship around. He and his team have done a fantastic job and left the awards as the showcase of the industry,” he said. “I look forward to having his continuing support as a confident during my term.”

The praise was echoed by Peter Lane, president of Printing Industries, the controlling body of the NPA. “Alf and his team have done a marvellous job in rejuvenating the awards. He committed to the role for three years and during that time has achieved more than anyone could have expected. I admire his decision to carry through on his promise to retire at the time he nominated,” said Lane. He cited Carrigan’s involvement with international printing awards as evidence of the high regard in which he is held throughout the industry and the region.

Carrigan is chairman of judges at the Asian Print Awards and convenor of the Flexo Conference to be held in Kuala Lumpur this year. He has also been appointed as the first independent director of CRC PrintSmart, the graphic arts research foundation operated by Monash Uni, Wollongong Uni and the Australian National Uni in Canberra.

To quote the man himself, he is not ”going to be lost to the industry.”

The next two annual NPA ceremonies are likely to be held in Sydney to bring them into alignment with the Printec trade show in 2007. The following two will be in Melbourne to coincide with PacPrint 2009.

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