Print Scotland has elected its first female president. Susan Graham, managing director of Dalkeith-based FLB Group, has taken on the role for the next two year, supported by new vice president Richard McCombe, managing director of Coatbridge-headquartered Matic Media.
Graham has thirty years’ experience in the print industry, initially with Waddie’s, before moving in 2003 to Letts, now FLB Group, where she was appointed HR director in 2016. She was appointed managing director in 2020.
“I am honoured and pleased to be appointed president of Print Scotland at a time of unprecedented change and challenges. Print Scotland’s vision is to be an effective association representing the interests of the Scottish print community. We aim to maximise support services to all subscribing members whilst promoting the Scottish Apprenticeship Scheme and encouraging equality, diversity and inclusion within the print industry,” said Graham.
“I am confident that a positive future lies in store for the industry in Scotland. Things are gradually getting better for the print industry as we emerge from the pandemic and I am determined that under my presidency Print Scotland will encourage a dynamic approach to a changing marketplace while guiding our members every step of the way.”
McCombe added: “It has been a privilege to be selected as vice president to support Susan’s leadership of Print Scotland. Today, our industry must collectively support each other to prosper in the future, about which I, too, am optimistic.
“Before entering the print industry, I was a school teacher and I have been particularly impressed by Print Scotland’s dedication to attracting young people to our industry. As a board member I have seen some of the exciting developments being planned to support the apprenticeship programme which will be highly beneficial to Print Scotland members and their employees.”
Print Scotland provides training for Modern Apprentices through the Scottish Training Scheme, which provides a grant from the Scottish Government to cover the cost of the training. It also provides a range of Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) as well as Modern Apprenticeship (MA) certification.