Q&A Ian Kendall Chief executive, The Reflex Group


Ian has spent more than 30 years in print and packaging, having originally joined the industry via a chance connection. Together with Mike Turner he co-founded Reflex Labels (now The Reflex Group) in 2002. He’s married, has three boys, enjoys some R&R time walking his dog and also confesses to “a bit of a thing for classic cars”.

What is your nickname? 

I hate to think?

Why did you get into printing? 

I was offered a job by a school friend’s father

Who would play you in a movie about your life? 

Brad Pitt

What is your dream bit of kit?

Tesla P100D

What is your favourite film? 

The Italian Job

What is your favourite TV programme?

Have I Got News for You

Who or what do you hate the most?

I don’t hate anyone, it’s wasted energy. I do have intense indifference to scammers and fraudsters I have had the displeasure of coming across

Who do you admire most in print? 

David Webster, managing director of The Labelmakers

What is your favourite phrase or saying? 

‘Why?’

What is your favourite album? 

Bella Donna by Stevie Nicks

What is your greatest fear? 

Chainsaws

What book are you reading at the moment?

Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall

What is your greatest luxury in life?

Gardening while listening to music on headphones

What is the strangest job you’ve ever done?

My current one!

Who would you like to be stuck on a desert island with? 

My wife, failing that Nicole Kidman

What piece of kit would you like to see invented?

A medical testing machine that meant you didn’t have to go to the GP

Most embarrassing moment?

Thinking I was sending an internal email about RBS but sent it to RBS

Where would you like to be now? 

In my garden

What’s your worst fashion disaster? 

A mullet in the 1980s

Which superpower would you like? 

None, happy with the ones I have

What was your childhood obsession?

To get a Raleigh Chopper

What is the worst kind of print? 

Stuff that purports to be environmentally friendly and isn’t

What was the best business deal that you’ve pulled off? 

Hasn’t happened yet!

What advice would you give to your teenage self?

Don’t worry you won’t be unemployed

How would you like to be remembered? 

As fair

Life is?

The real thing, it’s a one off and not a dummy run

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