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New PIAA board are all printers

Friday, 09 November 2018
By Wayne Robinson

PIAA president Walter Kuhn (right) with Federal Labour leader Bill Shorten.

All nine members of the new incoming PIAA board are running print businesses, the first time that has been the case for several years.

And with the exception of president Walter Kuhn the entire board – which starts in January – is new, with the industry anticipating it will bring more fresh ideas and impetus to print’s peak association, which comprises almost 500 of the country’s leading print businesses.

Along with Kuhn who owns Kuhn Corp in Qld is fellow Queenslander Tom Eckersley from Eckersley Group, Richard Celarc from multi-state Opus Group, Theo Pettaras from Digitalpress and John Georgantzakos from Spotpress in NSW, from Victoria is Lithocraft’s Kevin Pidgeon, Tasmania’s newly elected Martin Guilliamse from Mark Media is in, the SA member is Sarah Leo from Openbook Howden, and from WA it is Anthony Pittaway from multi-award winning digital printer Discus on Demand.
A wide range of printing is represented on the board, including offset, digital, general commercial, packaging, books, and community newspapers.
The new board waves goodbye to industry veterans Ron Patterson, defeated by Kevin Pidgeon in elections, and former AIW boss Peter Clark – defeated by a toss of the coin after a drawn result in Tasmania with Mark Guilliamse.
PIAA is fresh from its Print2Parliament success, which saw 100 printers and politicians mingle and discuss the industry issues – including energy and IR – at Parliament House with the gold award winning print as the stunning backdrop. It has also just gained international recognition for its Sustainable Green Print programme from print environmental lobbyist Verdigris.

Andrew Macaulay, CEO PIAA, told Print21 he was delighted to now have a board composed entirely of printing professionals. “To have such a high-calibre group of people step up in what is a voluntary role with very real responsibilities, and will take real time for their businesses, is a reflection of their commitment to the industry,” he said.

“It is symbolic of the importance of giving the industry a stronger voice for people actively engaged in the print sector, and reflects the changes we’ve made over the past few years in refocusing the association and giving a forward strategic look.

“I look forward to working with them – they will certainly increase the metabolism of the organisation.”

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