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NOVEMBER

ADELAIDE:
Annual Industry Metrics Roadshow

Hosted in Ricoh Australia’s showrooms and presented by VMA CEO Kellie Northwood, you’ll benefit from being the first to hear all the latest figures, feedback and insights from our 2023 Annual Industry Metrics Survey.

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NOVEMBER

PERTH: Annual Industry Metrics Roadshow

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NOVEMBER

BRISBANE: Annual Industry Metrics Roadshow

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NOVEMBER

MELBOURNE:
Real Media Awards

Now in its 31st year, the Real Media Awards celebrate efficacy and excellence across creative media campaigns in Australia, embracing the value and timelessness of our great industry minds and creativity.

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Rodney Frost

Honorary Treasurer

Growing up in a family business, literally stained with ink and industry, Rodney began his internship as a 12-year-old boy, sweeping floors and learning everything about the business he now commands from the ground up. A well-recognised and respected leader of not only The Lamson Group, but also the broader industry from mail to print to supply and customer. A true trade house, Rodney carries a clear integrity measure of what he says he will do, he does. It is this culture of nurture, trust and legacy within the arms of a family-owned business that is the reason his team have long tenure, his clients remain loyal and his suppliers hold him in the highest regard.

Written in his DNA, Rodney is a clear custodian of maintaining a voice for the family-owned businesses across the industry. A believer in sharing networks, knowledge and vision, building value in membership and a better together approach. One team, one dream is his mantra for the Association and industry vision.

Nick Tuit

Board Member

Nick has owned and operated a Kwik Kopy franchise in Circular Quay, Sydney for the past sixteen years. The Circular Quay business which stands in the top decile of the national print franchise network. Nick also runs the largest graphic design studio in the Kwik Kopy network under the sub brand 121Creative and specialises in Annual Reports and corporate documentation. During the Covid pandemic he expanded into the Northern Beaches with the purchase of Kwik Kopy Frenchs Forest. 

Nick has been an active member of the Kwik Kopy Owners Association of which he spent five years as Chairman.  During his tenure he was instrumental in bringing the KKOA as a group membership into the Print Industry Association of Australia (now PVCA) and implementing the Sustainable Green Print certification across the Kwik Kopy network. Nick joined the PVCA Board in January 2022 and is passionate about sustainability and building the industry advocacy for our environmental credentials.

Walter Kuhn

Board Member

Walter is the Managing Director of Kuhn Corp in Brisbane. Commencing his career as an apprentice Fitter Machinist (Mechanical Engineer) and after four years specialised in Maintenance within the mining sector. Following a workplace accident prevented Walter from continuing in the minerals and resource sector and led him to a sales role with Wilkie Printers where he was instrumental in developing specialised ticketing systems for Expo88 and various other events and venues. In 1989, Walter founded Panther Print which he sold after three years to then found Kuhn Corp Press in 1993 and Kuhn Corp Packaging in 1999. He joined the Printing Industries Association, later PVCA, Board in 2016 and soon became President until 2021 where after serving the full term, became the Deputy President until 2022.

John Georgantzakos

Board Member

John is the Managing Director of Spotpress, a business he has built over three decades. John holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration and has also studied Printing and Graphic Arts. He is a keen entrepreneur, having worked across many industries, including print and publishing, event management over his past forty years. John employs over 120 staff and has a keen interest in all things related to design and communication.

Tom Eckersley

Board Member

Tom is an intelligent, considered and well-learned industry leader with over 31 years at the helm of Eckersley Print Group. Holding qualifications across business management, graphics arts and commerce management, Tom is a well-respected business entrepreneur who plays across the broad spectrum of print and visual communications. Tom is experienced in both family business structures and corporate public company structure and has experience in acquisitions and thereby the subsequent re-positioning and re-engineering to build a united business group.

Tom is committed to improving the profile, position, application and even the definition of the “Print Industry”. He does this in his pursuit to broaden the industry purview. He recognises the changing nature of the industry and it’s evolving and growing reach into so many facets of the world in which we live.

Simon Carmody

Board Member

Simon is the Managing Director of Spot Productions a business he has built from his father’s business, Spot the Printer, after selling his share in Image Studio and Print, which he sold in 2007. With over twenty-four years as a business owner, Simon’s print blood runs much deeper, starting his career completing a Printing Press Operator trade as a teen. Simon is an icon of industry across Queensland known for his hard-working and honest nature. A fierce defender of his mates and those in need, he has raised money for charities through industry events each and every year he has been in business and continues to work with his industry colleagues building print partnerships to strengthen businesses.

Katherine Fullagar

Manager – Strategic Projects

Having always had a fondness for paper, print and the written word, Katherine has held a variety of publishing and printing roles with some of Australia’s most well-known publishers.

She also brings experience in operations, data and project management in not-for-profit member associations, having developed and implemented a range of services and benefits that bring value to industry professionals.

Her qualifications include a Masters of Publishing and Editing, and Bachelor of Arts (Linguistics).

Contact: [email protected]

GM – IR, Policy & Governance

Charles has a strong background in workplace relations and corporate governance.

Having worked in some of Australia’s pre-eminent law firms and industry bodies for over 20 years, he has a depth of knowledge and experience across a range of industries. His qualifications include a Bachelor of Laws, post-graduate studies in Industrial Relations Law, and is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia.

Additionally, Charles is also a regular contributor to trade press and other media for his commentary, editorial and insight on workplace relations, government and legislative amendment matters.

Contact: [email protected]

Kellie Northwood

Chief Executive Officer

Kellie is the Chief Executive Officer, the Visual Media Association and a strong advocate for the effectiveness and sustainability of media channels that deliver results. She has held several senior executive roles concurrently as the Chief Executive Officer of the Australasian Catalogue Association, Australasian Paper Industry Association, The Real Media Collective NZ, and Executive Director of TSA Limited. She sits on international Committees, across the United Kingdom, Europe and North America.

Kellie is a regular contributor across mainstream and trade media publications.

Contact: [email protected]

Stuart Fysh

Honorary Secretary

Stuart is the Managing Director of The Label Factory based in Perth. From quality self-adhesive to stickers and signage, The Label Factory has been an awarded print business for nearly thirty years. Stuart is a proud contributor to the craft of print, ensuring his team are well trained and skilled across all aspects of label production. The level of commitment to continue training apprentices and investment in new technology demonstrates one eye is always kept on the future.

Over the past two and a half years, in his capacity as a Board Officer of Print & Visual Communication Association, Stuart has raised the profile, and importance, of the growing labels sector across the industry body and helped members navigate the complexities of covid lockdowns and border restrictions.

Matt Aitken

President

Matt is the Chief Executive Officer, IVE Group Limited. In this role Matt is responsible for the major operating divisions of IVE Group (Kalido, Blue Star and IVEO), with 2,000 staff based across Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong and China. Matt is passionate about customers and staff and is also a key leader in all acquisition related activity for the Group. In his tenure with IVE Group, Matt has been instrumental in the establishment of the IVEO business in 2000 and a key senior executive in the successful public listing of the IVE Group on the ASX in late 2015.

Matt brings both Government and industry leadership. A single industry association representing all of industry across all sectors is one that brings a powerful voice into government and surrounding industries to ensure our industry is recognised and empowered to continue driving a critical part of our communications economy in both Australia and New Zealand.

Kevin Pidgeon

Deputy President

Kevin is the Executive Chairman of Lithocraft with over 55 years’ experience in print operations and senior executive responsibilities, Kevin began his career as a cadet salesman with Peacock Brothers in 1964. He then travelled overseas for four years and worked as salesman in South Africa. He returned to Australia in 1969 and joined Lithocraft as salesman, becoming a partner in 1974. Kevin remains a 50% shareholder to this day, with Lithocraft’s Managing Director, Nick O’Sullivan.
 

Kevin holds a respected position across industry for his considered, fair and authentic approach to business. A leader, with a clear and unapologetic vision on building a strong organisation with a long and sustainable future.