our family - Our Team

Our Team

Our committed TJ Books team work hard, then play hard in the surrounding nature’s playground. We’re a people-first team with around 120 committed colleagues.

Here are just a few of them:

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Managing Director
Andy Watts

Andy joined TJ Books in 2018 with over 30 years’ experience in the print industry, including senior positions at St Ives plc and CPI Books.

Andy leads the day-to-day operational side of the business and is passionately involved in the detail of the delivery of client’s work and thrives on the creation of excellent and rewarding client relationships.

You’re just as likely to talk to Andy about a new project as you are to talk to one of our sales team given his zeal for what he does.  And in the little spare time he has, Andy is a committed travel and music fan and has never let go of his independent spirit of going against the norm. When is the next punk rock gig?

Andy says, “The opportunity to come and make books in the county I was born and grew up in, is without doubt the highlight of my career and it’s continually invigorating to see TJ Books on its new journey.”

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Finance Director
Andy Adams

Andy joined TJ in 2018, having qualified as an accountant in practice; Andy spent the next 20 years in manufacturing.

Andy heads up the administration areas of the business, including finance, IT, HR and commercial.  He enjoys the challenge of a new spreadsheet, but equally enjoys the daily interaction of people.

In his spare time Andy spends time with his family, enjoys festivals and concerts as well as his annual skiing adventure. He also cannot resist a good (or bad) curry and suffers from being a West Ham supporter.

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Sales Director
Andy Vosper

Andy is the longest serving member of the TJ team, with over 40 years of loyal service.  Yet he’s still as keen, and as passionate about the possibilities of print, as he was on the day he started in 1979.

Throughout his years with TJ, Andy’s roles have included printing, estimating, production control, order processing and then in the late 90s he moved into sales.  Andy thoroughly enjoys travelling throughout the UK, constantly meeting with the varied TJ Books customer base and discussing new and developing requirements.  Andy has built the invaluable customer relationship investment over the decades, recruiting Tim and Toby into his team with a collaborative drive to continually deliver for both customers and the business.

When he isn’t working or keeping up with his family Andy is a keen runner, cyclist and motorcyclist, with an impressive collection.

Andy says, “Books still mean so much in so many ways to so many people and it’s this that drives us forward every day.  We are part of a great people-centric industry with brilliant customers and a fantastic team here at our TJ Books base in a beautiful part of the country.  You’ll find me constantly asking what our customer’s aspirations are and how we can meet them.  We’re all about propelling their success forward for their future in print, alongside our own and it’s an ever-invigorating journey!”

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Folding Operator
Bryan Owen

Bryan joined TJ Books in 1994 and has spent an impressive 41 years in the industry overall.

He is a senior member of the TJ team and works in the Folding Department, processing the litho printed sections in preparation for binding.  This is an exacting role which takes major skill and concentration and Bryan’s dedicated commitment emanates daily.

When not expertly folding paper, Brian likes to spend his time strolling the Cornish countryside and has almost completed the 630 miles of the Cornish costal path.  The occasional stop off at a watering hole provides a vital reward for the day’s efforts!

Brian says, “Over more than 40 years, I have seen a lot of changes at TJ Books, as well as across the industry at large. It’s extremely rewarding to witness our current evolution, and the obvious acceleration into the future, and I’m very happy to play my part in this exciting phase.”

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Plant Manager
Bill Kent

Bill joined TJ Books in 2018 after being unable to resist the calling from a certain Mr Watts (our Managing Director)!

Bill describes it as a return to the ‘darkside’, as he once again finds himself as Watts’ ‘Scotty of the Enterprise’, having worked alongside Andy in a previous role.

Bill looks after ALL things that TJ needs to make books, and ensuring that the processes are all kept operational at all times. After more than 35 years of ‘fixing stuff’ in the industry, Bill has installed, moved, installed and moved again, equipment from all over the place.

Bill says, “My job, and the whole industry, is all about people.  And it’s those people who drive me, day-in, day-out.  This philosophy has served me well over the years, and people tell me that I have established a reputation for ‘getting the thing done’, so I’ll keep doing what I do!”

In his spare time Bill shoots (a shotgun that is…) but is resolute in his commitment that he shoots nothing that is alive.

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Bindery Warehouse Operative
Sam Osakue

Sam joined TJ Books in 2015 after journeying across the seas having worked for DHL and UPS in Italy.

Sam is in control of the final piece of the ‘jigsaw’, preparing all the pallets of finished work ready for despatch. He is the vital, final pair of eyes before the customer receives their product!

In his spare time Sam likes gardening and also loves to sing having been the lead singer of a Roots Reggae band!

Sam says, “TJ Books is a fantastic place to work with good leadership, and it’s continually fascinating to be an essential part of the overall operation, and to see the finished product off on its journey to the publishers, and off out into the world.”

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Book Finishing System Leader
Glen Blows

Glen joined TJ in 1996 to work in the bindery. Since then, there is not much Glen has not done and excelled at. From traditional book binding, to digital inkjet printing and back again. Once the decision had been taken to reorganise the traditional workflow binding, the business just had to call on Glen’s vast experience to drive home this required change.

When Glen actually finds himself outside of work, he likes to support his boy’s passion for football and can find himself anywhere between Penzance and Plymouth on a Sunday.

Glen says, “I have been involved in many changes to the business over the years, from hand binding to the latest fully automated systems. We are now entering a new phase for the TJ business and it’s very exciting to see the investment into improving our offering to our customers.”

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Compliance Manager
Sam Ellacott

Sam joined TJ Books in 2019, and whilst new to manufacturing, he brought with him a wealth of health and safety experience from other sectors.

Sam spearheads the ongoing health, safety and compliance programme that TJ Books is wholeheartedly committed to, working with everyone within the business to promote a refreshingly positive health and safety culture.

In addition to health and safety, Sam also manages TJ Books’ ongoing ISO management system, monitoring the 9001, 14001 and 45001 standards to ensure that everything we do, and create, are fully compliant with these exacting standards.

In his spare time, Sam is a keen mountain biker (at odds with his choice of career!) and often spends the weekend with his wife and children on the numerous trails around Cornwall.

Sam says, “Working for TJ Books was a no brainer for me.  Aside from the challenges of ensuring the health and safety for all employees, it was the people that clinched it.  Everyone here is so friendly, it is much more of a family than anywhere I have worked before, which makes coming to work every day so much more rewarding.”

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Processing Team Manager
Ryan Marston

Ryan joined TJ Books in 2015, relocating from Leicester to Cornwall and begin working in the book manufacturing industry.

Ryan has over 13 years of experience in the print industry and manages the pre-press department and the order processing team. He is also responsible for developing relationships with external transport companies.

Along with a passion for delivering excellent customer service, Ryan supports all front-end departments within the business to drive productivity and ultimately customer satisfaction, whilst liaising with the management team across all areas of TJ Books.

In his spare time, Ryan enjoys Cornish coastal walks with the family, football and occasionally the beach – weather permitting!

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Client Services Representative
Sara Lobb

Sara joined TJ Books in 1996 straight out of university where she studied a degree in printing and publishing. During her initial years with the company, she worked in prepress before a move into Client Services in 2008.

Outside of work, Sara is indeed passionate about books, rugby (specifically Exeter Chiefs!) and motorsports.

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Client Service Representation
Kate Brizell

Kate joined TJ Books in 2015 as a Digital Assistant, working in various roles throughout the Digital Unit, gaining deep experience within the company and print industry.

She was put forward for promotion to be a Client Service Representative in 2017 where ever since she has looked after TJ Books’ customers, alongside juggling the daily expectations of the role. She loves what she does and to see the final products.

Kate says, “Happy customers are what truly makes this a wonderful, and rewarding, job, in a beautiful location.”

Kate is a happy soul who’s not afraid to get stuck in and always has a smile on her face (and is usually singing a tune!).

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Customer Services Manager
Sarah Wilkin

Sarah has been in Customer Service roles for over 20 years in print and previously in other organisations and ‘walks of life’ – She quotes this as “an enjoyable role where every day is a different experience; dealing with lots of nice people and problem solving for the good!”

Spare time is spent relaxing with family and enjoying good food and wine, usually after gardening or walking the lanes of Cornwall. Reading is also a great passion – especially on a sunbed in warmer climates!

Sarah also enjoys watching football (not playing it!) and supports Liverpool thanks to her husband’s lifelong loyalty to the team.

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Client Service Representation
Kim Davis

Kim has been in print and publishing for over 30 years, having completed her initial apprenticeship at what was then the Queen’s printers before moving into publishing in the early 90s. She joined TJ Books in 2007.

Kim says, “I love the different role and challenges that Client Services brings, alongside the constant liaison between clients and colleagues to make sure the job is continually delivered to the highest of standards for everyone.

In her spare time, Kim enjoys tripping around the lovely Cornish countryside, with frequent journeys to the Cotswolds to visit family.  She also loves relaxing, curled up with a good book!

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Client Service Representation
Emma Adams

After finally accepting that being a teacher at Hogwarts was not a realistic career choice, Emma sought out the next best thing: becoming a Client Service Representative at TJ Books.

Emma joined the company in June 2017 in the accounts department; however, the perfect opportunity arose in the CSR department in January 2019 and she just couldn’t turn it down.

Emma constantly acts as the eyes and ears for her publishers and authors – ensuring that everything runs smoothly. This role sees Emma overseeing the whole process from receiving the first book order along with the relevant files, to the books despatching out the door.

Emma is a strong believer that the only thing better than reading a book, or eating a Cadburys flake yoghurt, is reading a book whilst eating a Cadbury’s flake yoghurt.

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Purchasing Manager
Alan Brough

Alan joined TJ Books in November 2018, bringing with him 18 years of experience in the industry and quickly progressed to the position of Purchasing Manager.

Alan is responsible for the sourcing and stock control of all raw materials that go into the manufacturing of quality books at TJ. He relishes in the challenge of sourcing high quality products that offer customers best value for money with a fast turnaround from order to delivery, ensuring TJ Books is at the forefront of book manufacture and supply.

In his spare time, Alan enjoys working on classic cars, DIY, and running. He has completed a number of half marathons to date, but the full marathon still eludes him…. Maybe one day though!

Alan says, “TJ Books is a great working environment which encourages forward and ‘out of the box’ thinking. It is this ethos that makes it an enjoyable place to work, and enables each and every one of us to feel part of a team that is driven towards customer satisfaction and the success of the business.”

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Factory Shift Manager
Jason Hearn

Jason started his TJ journey in May 2019 joining us as a Factory Shift Manager. It wasn’t long until he was set another task and is currently running new projects for the business as we continue to invest and improve our company.

In Jason’s spare time he loves spending time with his wife and children and loves his cycling, which he has just taken advantage of the cycle scheme and rides to work regularly. Jason loves to ride as much as he can to enjoy the beautiful Cornish countryside and coast line.

Jason says, “Working at TJ Books is so enjoyable as we are always working with such positive and enthusiastic individuals who knows that with hard work and commitment opportunities do come your way. I believe the new company investments will stand us in shape for many successful years ahead.”

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Litho Press Operator
Jeremy Palmer

Jeremy joined the TJ team in 2018 after being hand-picked specifically for his 4 colour experience as the company installed the 5 colour litho press to take TJ into the colour litho arena for the first time.

When not casting his expert eye for colour over endless printed pages, in his spare time, Jeremy likes to stroll the Cornish countryside walking his Golden Retriever, ‘Arlo’. He also persists in dragging his son out cycling up and down the Cornish hills.

Jeremy says, “Once I heard about the vision for TJ and some of the investment plans, the decision to come and be part of the team and influence the journey was an easy one for me.”

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Sales Representative
Tim Sullivan

Tim joined TJ in 2016 as ‘your man in the North’. He entered the industry in 1980 as an apprentice bookbinder, before moving from the shop floor to the offices as an account controller looking after publishers’ needs on a day-to-day basis. In the early 90s, he was given the opportunity to move into sales and has since worked with some of the most recognised book manufacturers in the UK and Europe.

Tim says, “Every day in sales is different and the joy of winning an order has the same thrill today as it did 30 years ago. When the opportunity to join TJ came it was a no brainer saying yes as I’ve been a long-time admirer.”

 

In his spare time Tim is a keen road cyclist, tennis player and baker – and given the opportunity he’d be found doing all three in Provence with his wife Melanie.

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Business Development Manager
Toby Culff

Toby’s first job in the print industry was as a 17-year-old school leaver, duplicating and managing film for a repro company. At twenty, he joined local book printer in Frome, Butler & Tanner, as a Junior Manager, where he stayed for the next 12 years. After spending the last three of those as Commercial Director, Toby left to become General Manager of Park Lane Press at the beginning of 2012 before moving to CPI UK in 2014.

Toby’s first visit to TJ was in 2007 and the business made quite an impression. When the opportunity to join the team arose in 2016, Toby was thrilled to join as Business Development Manager for the South of England and Wales. His enjoyment of the role comes from building long-term relationships with customers and an enduring passion for books.

Away from work, Toby enjoys staying fit and coaching his beloved hometown Frome RFC. Most of all, he loves the company of his wife and young daughters.

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