Meet the Hortipak Team 2019-03-06T10:23:57+00:00

MEET THE EXPERIENCED HORTIPAK TEAM – WHO WE ARE

JOHN BUFFONI

CHAIRMAN

John joined his father’s business in 1969 and later became joint owner of Hortipak owners 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/Hortipak: 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/Hortipak: 15 years

STEVE BUFFONI

GROUP DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Steve joined his father’s business in 1973 and later became joint owner of Hortipak owners 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/Hortipak: 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 Hortipak: 17 years

PHIL MABON

GROUP CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Phil has 25 years experience working in the design and print industry, the last 14 of those have been in Horticultural print and marketing working within UK and European markets.

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

Career at Hortipak: 4 years

PAUL BUFFONI

OPERATIONAL PROJECT LEADER

Warehousing and distribution are Paul’s key areas of focus within Hortipak, 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 Hortipak: 6 years

PAUL FREER

KEY ACCOUNT MANAGER

With 30 years of experience working in many areas of the commercial horticultural industry Paul has gained an excellent understanding of customer needs through his extensive knowledge of plant marketing and print.

Career at Hortipak: 14 years

DON POTTEN

SENIOR ACCOUNT MANAGER

Don has nearly 40 years’ experience working in the commercial horticultural industry. For the last 28 years Don has been involved in providing label management and plant marketing support for many UK and global breeders, growers and retailers.

Career at Hortipak: 8 years

RICHARD WARD

AREA SALES MANAGER

Richard has 25 years’ experience in the Horticultural industry covering the Garden Centre Retail sector through to Nursery Grower. Gaining valuable experience across a range of businesses has given Richard a clear understanding of our customer’s needs.

Career at Hortipak: 3 years

ANNE-MARIE BALCOMB

SALES OFFICE MANAGER

Anne-Marie has worked within sales environments since she was 16, including 10 years with IKEA and 4 years for Bourne Leisure/Warner hotels.

Managing Hortipak’s Nottingham based sales office, Anne-Marie provides a vital support link between our sales and operations teams.

Career at Hortipak: < 1 year

ZANETA WOJDA

SALES ADMINISTRATOR

Working alongside Anne-Marie at Hortipak’s Nottingham based sales office, Zaneta provides a vital support link between our sales and operations teams.

Career at Hortipak: 2 years

JACQUI THOMAS

SENIOR DESIGNER

Jacqui has 25 years experience working in the design and print industry, 14 of those being within the horticultural sector. Previous roles as a catalogue designer and as Studio Manager at Leicester City Football Club have given Jacqui an excellent understanding of print and marketing in all formats.

Career at Hortipak: 15 years

VANESSA JINKS

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Vanessa joined Hortipak in 2015 as a BA (Hons) Graphic Design graduate from Nottingham Trent University and quickly established herself as an exciting creative talent within our team.

Career at Hortipak: 2 years

SALES CO-ORDINATORS

HANNAH OAKES & EVIE FRANKLAND

Our sales co-ordination team manage the processing of all sales orders through to our production department. Liaising closely between our internal sales, creative and artworking teams, Hortipak’s sales co-ordinators also manage individual project critical paths for our customers.

Career at Hortipak: 1 year & 5 years respectively

SAM TAYLOR

ADMINISTRATOR – HORTIPAK STOCK

Sam oversees the administration of our stock label and stock POS customer orders and is contactable directly to take your stock orders on 0844 415 0310 (local rate). If you have any questions regarding ordering stock via our e-store, please call Sam or email her via the email link below.

Career at Hortipak: 2 years