Tuesday, 01 May 2018 11:40 GMT

Meet The Printing Charity’s new president

The Printing Charity offers the opportunity to those wishing to succeed in the print industry, or look after those that have been loyal to industry and have found themselves in a difficult situation. The work conducted by the charity can be a lifeline to those affected by a collapse of business, or elderly printers that have fallen into hardship after leaving the industry. Recently, The Printing Charity announced the latest figure to become president of the organisation.

Lionel Barber, editor of the Financial Times has accepted the invitation to become The Printing Charity’s 2018 president.

Not only has Barber overseen the FT’s transformation into a successful multiplatform news outlet but has also been praised for the FT’s approach to journalism, winning multiple awards for its writing, including four Newspaper of the Year awards.

Barber says: “At a time when the print industry faces diverse and important challenges, The Printing Charity does crucial work in both protecting the industry’s heritage and supporting its future. I am delighted to be involved with the charity as its president this year and look forward to meeting the many people who make the British print industry, which I have been a part of for almost 40 years, such a rich and varied business.”

At a time when the print industry faces diverse and important challenges, The Printing Charity does crucial work in both protecting the industry’s heritage and supporting its future

Since his appointment in 2005 as editor of the FT, Barber has also co-written several books and has also lectured on subjects such as foreign policy, transatlantic relations and European Security. As a journalist, he has interviewed world leaders including Barack Obama, Angela Merkel and Donald Trump.

Barber has also been awarded for his contribution to journalism in the transatlantic community, including the St George Society Medal of Honour.

Neil Lovell, The Printing Charity’s chief executive, adds: “We are thrilled to have Lionel Barber as our President this year. He follows many distinguished charity presidents, including the late Baroness Dean and I will, I am sure, enjoy his involvement this year. The chair of trustees, Jon Wright, and I look forward to working with him.”



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