Meet the Ryedale Group Team 2018-06-28T10:32:50+00:00

MEET THE EXPERIENCED RYEDALE GROUP TEAM – WHO WE ARE

JOHN BUFFONI

CHAIRMAN

John joined his father’s business in 1969 and later became joint owner of Ryedale Group.

As Managing Director since 1979, John oversaw the growth and development of Ryedale Group and Hortipak into market leading businesses and became Chairman of the now, proudly, 3rd generation run Group in 2017.

Career at Ryedale Group: 50 years

JAMES BUFFONI

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Continuing the family business’s focus on excellence in customer care through quality and innovation. James earned his place in the family business by working up through the departments and topping it off with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.

As a respected figure in the printing industry he contributes as a non-executive director of the British Printing Industries Federation.

James’s main areas of responsibility are setting the strategic plans and ensuring their effective implementation, through which he takes a special interest in the continuous improvement of people and processes. He is passionate about print and its place as a key element of the wider integrated communications industry.

Career at Ryedale Group: 15 years

STEVE BUFFONI

GROUP DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Steve joined his father’s business in 1973 and later became joint owner of Ryedale Group.

Steve was pivotal in developing Ryedale Group into one of the world’s leading printers of plastic and has continued to introduce innovative production techniques into the business ensuring that both Ryedale Group and Hortipak remain leaders in their markets.

Career at Ryedale Group: 44 years

TRACEY DUNN

SALES DIRECTOR

A key member of Ryedale Group’s Management Team, Tracey leads Hortipak’s sales and and account management teams. Tracey has worked in the Horticultural industry for 17 years and is a member of the BPOA Management Committee.

Tracey is the second generation of the Upton family to work at Hortipak since its founding by Robin Upton 25 years ago.

Career at Ryedale Group/Hortipak: 17 years

PHIL MABON

GROUP CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Phil is a member of the Ryedale Group management team and has 25 years’ experience working in the design and print industry, working within UK and European markets.

Phil and the Ryedale Group and Hortipak creative team are focused on continuing to deliver industry leading solutions and innovative products for our customers.

Career at Ryedale Group/Hortipak: 4 years

GARY FRANKLAND

OPERATIONS  MANAGER

Since joining Ryedale Group from school at the age of 16, Gary has worked in a number of roles building up a vitally diverse set of skills over the years.

Gary is a pivotal member of our management team and oversees the day to day management of our production operations.

Career at Ryedale Group: 36 years

LAUREN SHARPLES

PROJECT MANAGER

Lauren manages Ryedale Group and Hortipak’s internal Projects team ensuring the smooth processing of orders through to production.

In July 2017 Lauren was recognised by the UK printing industry as a Young Person of Outstanding Achievement having being awarded the prestigious 2017 Victor Watson Trophy and received her award at the All-Party Parliamentary Print Group Reception at the House of Lords.

Career at Ryedale Group: 6 years

MICHELLE STANNARD

SENIOR DESIGN AND ARTWORK

Michelle leads our Kirkbymoorside based in-house studio, overseeing the creation and artworking of Hortipak labels and point of sale.

Working closely with our project co-ordinators and our production team, Michelle plays a key role in ensuring the smooth processing of work through from sales order handover to artwork ready to print.

Career at Ryedale Group: 3 years

PAUL BUFFONI

OPERATIONAL PROJECT LEADER

Warehousing and distribution are Paul’s key areas of focus within Ryedale Group, designing and implementing the operational systems and processes that ensure our products arrive with our customers correct and on time.

As Operational Project Leader, Paul plays a pivotal role in the driving and delivery of strategic projects within Ryedale Group and Hortipak.

Career at Ryedale Group: 6 years

LAURA HAYTON

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER – CURRENTLY ON MATERNITY LEAVE

Laura has 12 years of experience working in the design and print industry and is focused on serving the Hospitality sector.

As Business Development Manager, Laura has gained extensive knowledge of customer needs and provides innovative print solutions to clients encompassing branding, design, printing, decoration, promotion, stock management, distribution and marketing support.

Career at Ryedale Group: 12 years

MARK HARRISON

ESTIMATING / SALES

Mark has worked for Ryedale Group for the last 20 years and has extensive experience in print production and estimating.

Mark is a member of our trade and commercial print sales team as well as being a skilled estimator and works closely with our sales, production and project co-ordinating teams.

Career at Ryedale Group: 20 years

PAUL BUTTERFIELD

PRINT SALES CO-ORDINATOR

Paul is a member of our trade plastic print sales team. Also an experienced print estimator, Paul utilises his extensive print knowledge to ensure we deliver the best product solution for our customers.

Career at Ryedale Group: 3 years

SUSAN DODSWORTH

SALES

Having joined Ryedale Group seven years ago, Susan is part of our sales team focusing on our local customer base and the Hospitality sector.

Career at Ryedale Group: 7 years

JULIE BOWSKILL

SALES CO-ORDINATOR

Julie joined the Ryedale Group in early 2018. She is the Receptionist at our Kirkbymoorside Office and also works closely with the internal Sales Team as an administrator.

Career at Ryedale Group: < 1 year