Meet the Hortipak Team 2019-07-03T07:15:47+00:00

MEET THE EXPERIENCED HORTIPAK TEAM – WHO WE ARE

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.

Career at Ryedale Group/Hortipak: 16 years

Andy Reynoldson

ANDY REYNOLDSON

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

Andy joined Ryedale Group in November 2018. Andy brings extensive production experience from within the print industry. He has worked at all managerial levels with over 25 years in commercial print sector, including 15 years as a Managing Director.

Additionally, Andy holds Eur. Ing, Chartered Engineer member of IOM3, has been a Board member at a number of charities, he has mentored at Hull university and currently mentors at a local secondary school.

Career at Hortipak: < 1 year

Julie Davis

JULIE DAVIS

FINANCE DIRECTOR

Julie joined Ryedale Group in April 2019.

Julie has extensive experience at senior management level across both the public and commercial sectors. Additionally, she is Chair of the Finance Committee and Board Member for the charity Teacher Support Network.

Career at Hortipak: < 1 year

PHIL MABON

GROUP CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Phil has 26 years experience working in the design and print industry, the last 15 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: 5 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

JONATHAN JEEVES

OFFICE MANAGER

Jonathan joined Ryedale Group with 13 years of experience in the creative industries. He brings experience of building and improving workflows in print and design.

Jonathan manages the Studio, Customer Service, Hospitality and Trade teams as well as major improvement programmes. His focus is on growing creative, dynamic teams and efficient working methodologies.

Career at Hortipak: < 1 year

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

ACCOUNT MANAGER

Richard has 30 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: 5 years

EVIE FRANKLAND

CUSTOMER SERVICE TEAM LEADER

As a member of our sales co-ordination team Evie manages 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: 5 years

HANNAH OAKES

CUSTOMER SERVICE ADMINISTRATOR

As a member of our customer service team Hannah oversees the processing of 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: 2 years

Jonny Underwood

JONNY UNDERWOOD

CUSTOMER SERVICE ADMINISTRATOR

As a member of our customer service team Jonny oversees the processing of 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

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

JOHN BUFFONI

SHAREHOLDER

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: 51 years

STEVE BUFFONI

SHAREHOLDER

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: 45 years