SPA Committee

Chairman’s Mission Statement

"My vision for the SPA for the next two years is very clear - to help our member companies to become and continue to be excellent businesses. I plan to achieve this by offering two flavours of professional support for Sheet Plants -

On a Micro level - training, best practice initiatives and good professional advice/support for all Sheet Plants in the SPA.

On a Macro level - keep our members well informed and safe with regular updates on the economic outlook, new legislation and Health & Safety guidelines, whilst continuing to use the SPA as a vehicle to influence our industry peers, government and consumers."

Tim Gray
Chairman, 
UK Sheet Plant Association 

Managing Director, 
Dairi-Pak Ltd.

Mr Tim Gray

Mr Tim Gray

Chairman
Before joining Dairi-Pak in 1991, Tim could often be found in the skies as part of his role as Sales Director at Airpic Aerial Photography. He joined Dairi-Pak to help his father and Dairi-Pak founder, Brian Gray, grow the business. He now heads up a very competent management team, offering strategic insight and funding to ensure Dairi-Pak retain their reputation for excellence. He is Chairman of the UK Sheet Plant Association and champions Best Practice in the corrugated industry. Free time is a thing of the past for Tim with two young daughters. They love to spend time together as a family on the Welsh Coast. When time allows, he is a keen sailor and skier. Tim used his skills as a competent sailor in 2007 to circumnavigate the UK in his boat, raising enough money in the process to build new facilities for a school in Rural Thailand which continues to thrive today.
Mr Ken Shackleton

Mr Ken Shackleton

Vice Chairman
Ken’s career in the corrugated world dates back to 1982 when he joined the sheet plant Chapman Containers as a fork lift truck driver. Many years, owners, and a name change later he became MD of The Cardboard Box Company. A modern, state of the art well invested sheet plant based in Accrington, East Lancashire, the heart of the industrial revolution and still an industrial heartland today. Ken, now Vice Chairman, joined the SPA over 25 years ago believing in the promotion of best practice for sheet plants.
In June 2018 The Cardboard Box Company was acquired by The Logson Group, the largest independent corrugated manufacturer in the UK.
Ken continues to promote the benefits of the SPA to the industry and is proud to be part of an organisation that has brought numerous positive initiatives to its members on such a small budget. Long may it continue.
Mr Nick Kirby

Mr Nick Kirby

Committee Member
Nick is a 40 year veteran of the corrugated packaging and display sectors, having forged a career that encompasses production, sales and general management. Nick is hands-on and passionate about the executive roles he has in organisations such as The Confederation of Paper Industries, FESPA UK and the Sheet Plant Association to promote the good of his industry. In 2001 he established Swanline Print with his brother and brother-in-law as a specialist trade manufacturer to the corrugated packaging and display sectors. Nick is now Chief Executive of Swanline Group. In 2014, Nick founded the independent corrugated sheet-feeder, CorrBoard UK with a consortium of Sheet Plants to establish the UK's first conglomerate owned sheet board manufacturer. Nick's forward vision for this £45m turnover business culminated in a further £5.5m investment in a Bio-Energy facility to provide renewable energy to CorrBoard UK; making them the world's first carbon neutral corrugated board manufacturer.”
Mr Neil Osment

Mr Neil Osment

Committee Member
Neil Osment has enjoyed over 20 years working for major European packaging companies in both commercial and operational roles. In 2004, he set up Neil Osment Associates (NOA) to provide practical help and support to national and multi-national packaging businesses. In turn in 2012, NOA purchased the packaging research company PRISM from Simon Southern, to broaden the support that NOA offered. Since then NOA has been engaged by many packaging associations such as FEFCO, ECMA, SPA and ICCA as well as with private packaging clients, to offer insights on the European and Global markets for paper-based packaging.
Mr Allan Glen

Mr Allan Glen

Committee Member
Mr Chris Bywater

Mr Chris Bywater

Committee Member