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The Victorian chapter of the LIA, the association for all people in print, held elections at a special general meeting last week, to put in place their committee and office-bearers for the next 12 months.

New president of LIA Victoria: Robyn Frampton
New president of LIA Victoria: Robyn Frampton

Robyn Frampton, who manages the marketing and communications for industry associations Visual Connections and the Australian Sign & Graphics Association, was elected president, with former LIA Graduate of the Year finalist Jacinta (Jaz) Allen, graphic prepress coordinator at Breen Printing, stepping up as vice president. 

Dean McGrath, chief technical officer at Note Printing Australia was appointed treasurer, while Jenny Berry, regional manager – Victoria, for Australian Industry Group, was reappointed as secretary. They will be supported by general committee members David Galbraith – JDA Print Recruitment, Brett Maishman – Fujifilm, Lindsay Banks and Robert Black.

According to Frampton, the new-look group brings a mix of experience and fresh ideas, to help take the Victorian chapter forward. She said, “Over the past three years, we have worked hard to re-establish the LIA as a force within the sector, reintroducing our popular technical events, holding both state and national Graduate of the Year Awards, and rebuilding our membership base.

“We have been particularly pleased in the past 12 months or so to welcome Jaz and Dean onto the committee alongside our longer-term members, and are delighted they have agreed to step up into these leadership roles.”

This week’s election was brought on by the resignation of long-term president and treasurer, Robert Black, who, said Frampton, has been pivotal in re-establishing the LIA in Victoria over the past three years.

“Robert Black is well-known in the industry, not only for his stellar career in training and apprenticeships, but also for his over and above commitment to the sector, which has included many years’ involvement with the LIA and other associations,” she said.

“He has brought real energy, credibility and strength to the LIA here in Victoria, and on a national basis, particularly to our graduate program, and has helped secure some important sponsorships and support, without which we would not have been able to rebuild here in Victoria.

“We thank him most sincerely for all he has given to the role, and are so pleased that he has agreed to stay on the committee so that we can benefit from his expertise and connections.”

Already, the committee is planning a technical visit to the impressive IVE facility at Sunshine in April, and will also be supporting the Visual Connections post-drupa dinner in Melbourne in June, at which the 2024 LIA Victoria Graduate of the Year Awards will be presented.

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