2024 – Tim Gray

Tim Gray has been Chairman of the UK Sheet Plant Association (SPA) for some 15 years and is Managing Director / Owner of Dairi-Pak Ltd. It is for his work in developing the SPA that Tim is recognised for his tireless, and voluntary, leadership of the SPA.

In presenting the award at this year’s venue, Stationers Hall, in front of a large attendance of Industry leaders, Andrew Large, CEO of the Confederation of Paper Industries, CPI, said “UK Sheet Plants are an integral part of the packaging supply chain, yet are too often neglected. Tim’s drive and enthusiasm for the SPA has professionalised and revolutionised that sector. He leads in sharing expertise from the UK and around the world and in developing initiatives such as the Corrugated Trade Show that provides a forum for the industry to showcase itself to customers and suppliers.”

Tim’s aims as Chairman of the SPA have always been very clear – to help member companies to become and continue to be excellent businesses. He has strived to bring Best Practice into all areas of the SPA – from member events, training, initiatives, deliverables. His drive for excellence, inclusivity, diversification, structure, inspiration and innovation for the sheet plant members and supplier members of the Association is unparalleled.

In February 2024, Tim chaired the 108th Conference of the SPA with a record-breaking audience of 190 delegates. He has raised the profile of the UK SPA to a stage where the Association now hosts world-class events with pillars of the industry volunteering (or being easily persuaded!) to be involved at SPA Conferences – most recently Jean-Pascal Bobst, CEO of Bobst and Eddie fellows, CEO of Smurfit Kappa UK & Ireland and in the last 12 months, Andrew Large, Director General at CPI, Eleni Despotou, Director General of FEFCO- and Tony Smurfit, CEO at Smurfit Kappa.

At the same time as chairing the best attended Conference in the long history of the SPA, Tim also helped launch and co-deliver a new initiative at the Conference for 2024 – the Emerging Leaders Programme – a 2 year training programme for young leaders within our industry to help boost the appeal of the Association, ensure we have a succession plan for future Committee members and help cement the ongoing long-term of the Association.

Tim is a well deserving Gold Medallist!