For over 30 years, John Richardson has been at the helm of Wood Richardson, shaping the future for this York based firm and catapulting the business to the cutting edge of the printing world. Now he hands over the reins to his son, James who becomes the new Managing Director of one of the leading suppliers of in-house print and production services in the U.K.
Wood Richardson – a traditional family business since 1905 – has seen considerable change as the business has developed and adapted with changing printing trends and customer requirements over the years. John has been a leading light in the developments of the business and has been an enthusiastic mentor for his son James, who now bestows the honour of keeping it in the family and carrying on the excellent reputation Wood Richardson enjoys today.
James Richardson, new Managing Director of Wood Richardson said: “What a great honour to be given the opportunity to take Wood Richardson forward as the incoming Managing Director. My father has been a wonderful example for me to follow and I am proud to take on the responsibility and maintain the values the company has embedded throughout its culture in the future.
“I have gained considerable experience whilst working out of the business in various sectors and look forward to bringing some of these learnings into the company. I’m ready to tackle the challenges of the future head on at Wood Richardson and am keen to continue to invest in the very best of modern print and production machinery whilst supporting and empowering the long serving team to ensure that Wood Richardson can remain competitive in both today and tomorrow’s marketplace and be the very best choice for our client’s print service needs.”
After studying a BSc (Hons) Print & Media Management at Leeds Metropolitan University, James has had a varied printing background including experience in many aspects of print management including offset and digital printing, print on demand and bindery and operations management. During his time already served at Wood Richardson James has introduced new shift patterns and flexible working to reduce company overheads and improve profitability without compromising on production output. He has also implemented and maintained the ISO 9001 standard.
John Richardson, current Chairman and previous Managing Director, Wood Richardson said: “I am delighted to be welcoming James as new Managing Director of Wood Richardson. James has a strong printing and production background gained across a variety of printing companies and therefore has the experience and skill set to continue the good work, maintain the credible family name and steer Wood Richardson to the next level.”
Based in purpose built facilities in York, Wood Richardson was established in 1905 and has been run by the Richardson family since the 1920s. Its ongoing investment in the latest technology and innovations in print and production machinery combines with the skills and experience of a century of craftsmanship to provide a team of print experts. Dynamic and responsive, the company works closely with a wide range of customers throughout Yorkshire, delivering high quality print and customer service.