Upper Warden 2016 – 2017
Nick Steidl left school at seventeen and went straight into the family paper business - the third generation. He worked on the agency side, H.H. Pegg Limited, helping to build up sales and increasing all service aspects of the company. In 1974 he became a Director and took up Chairmanship of the Group on the death of his father in 1980. In the next two decades sales on the agency side were increased from less than 100,000t reaching a peak in 2001 of just under 500,000t. In 1988 he was elected President of the Paper Agents Association and in 2003 he served as President of the Stationers Social Society (now Paper Industry Charitable Trust). He became a Liveryman of the Stationers’ Company in 1990 and joined the Court in April 2008. Nick led the Company’s “Future of Graphic Paper & Print in Western Europe” research project in 2009 and this was published the same year. He served a number of years as a Trustee of the Stationers’ Foundation and became Chairman in July 2011 for three years. In 2013 he was awarded the Paper Industry Gold Medal.
Under Warden 2016 – 2017
David Allan, having completed a diploma in business studies spent five years with W H Smith the high street retailer, specialising in book and magazine sales before starting a period of general training with the family business Ian Allan Group which involved publishing, printing, travel and motor vehicle franchise. Appointed to the board in 1986 and Managing Director of Ian Allan Publishing two years later before becoming Chairman in 1996 and Ian Allan Group Chairman in 2002. During that period Ian Allan Publishing became arguably the leading specialist transport publisher in the UK as well as setting up a unique relationship with the Royal United Services Institute co publishing with them Armed Forces Magazine and developing a military history and defence list. In 2011 the Company achieved the accolade of the Best Launch of a Specialist Magazine Title with Hornby Magazine. In 1992 he was appointed Awards Manager for the Heritage Railway Awards and has been a Director of the Dart Valley Railway PLC for the past twelve years.
He served the office of Renter Warden, Chairman of the Livery Committee and Livery representative on the Court and was for four years a Trustee of the Stationers’ Foundation before becoming Chairman for a further three. He was briefly Chairman of the Industry Committee before becoming Chairman of the Fundraising Committee eighteen months ago.