Due to the hiatus caused by the Covid epidemic and the new partnership with the Confederation of Paper Industries, the Paper Gold Medal was not awarded in 2020 and 2021. It is therefore fitting that, in 2022, the Awards Committee decided that there were two worthy recipients of The Paper Gold Medal.
Geof Nutall, who began working in the paper industry in the early 1950s, was nominated in recognition of his lifetime of both paid and voluntary contributions to the paper industry, in the UK, Europe and indeed all over the world. The nomination noted that “as well as championing the introduction of exciting new technologies, something he has continued to do into his 90s, he has acted as a technical ambassador for the UK Paper industry in Europe and further afield in both his professional duties and philanthropic commitment to the industry.”
The second recipient was John Swift. John has over 35 years of experience working in print and packaging and latterly as a Regulatory Affairs and Standards expert with SCA Packaging, part of DS Smith plc. He has represented the industry at national and European level. He was nominated for his long dedication to enabling the industry to successfully influence UK and EU legislation, regulations and standards. As his nomination stated, “The truth is that it will take the efforts of many to cover the wide range of activities that John had mastered. He is sorely missed by all in the industry.”