Q&A: Philip Dodd Managing director, Healeys

Jo Francis
Monday, February 20, 2017

Philip is the founder and managing director of Healeys in Ipswich. He’s been in print for 45 of his 66 years, has three grown-up children and manages to find time for fitness training (including weightlifting) when not keeping an eagle eye on operations at the business.

What is your nickname? 

Probably best to ask the staff

[We tried – they’re not saying!]

What would be your dream job? 

Pilot – I used to fly, and to get paid for something that is so enjoyable would be incredible

What is your dream bit of kit?

A 5,000sph inkjet duplex press with sensible consumables costs. Or a McLaren 570

What would you most like to print? 

Jobs that are appreciated by the customers

What is your favourite film? 

Casino Royale – Daniel Craig is a great Bond

What is your favourite TV programme? 


Who do you admire most in the industry? 

Richard Knowles at BCQ Group, Anthony Thirlby at Heidelberg, Gary Peeling at Precision Printing

What is your favourite phrase or saying? 

‘It will be alright in the end. If it’s not alright, it’s not the end’

What is your favourite album? 

Rumours by Fleetwood Mac

What is the strangest job you’ve ever done?

Delivering bread in North Norfolk

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

Liv Tyler

Who or what makes you laugh? 

Jimmy Carr, he’s politically incorrect, but who cares?

What piece of kit would you like to see invented?

A 5,000sph inkjet duplex press with sensible consumables costs!

Most embarrassing moment?

I once asked a lady when her baby was due. She told me she wasn’t pregnant

Where would you like to be now? 

Barbados, the Maldives… anywhere away from the UK in early February

What’s your worst fashion disaster? 

Cord flares

Which superpower would you like to have? 

The ability to see into the future

Who would be your favourite party guests?

Donald Trump (always good for a laugh); Liv Tyler (there’s a pattern here); Buddha (for a more spiritual perspective)

What advice would you give to your teenage self?

Worrying about things that might happen really is a waste of time

How would you like to be remembered? 

As one of the good guys

Life is…? 



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