Q&A: Shaun Hinchy, production manager, Plastic Card Services

Jo Francis
Monday, June 10, 2019

Shaun has spent 10 years in print. He’s something of a fitness freak and likes running, cycling, swimming, triathlons… and fitness in general. He’s a Man City FC season ticket holder and watches with his son Luke.

What is your nickname? 


Why did you get into printing? 

I was a production manager at a TV shopping channel when the opportunity arose to help grow a small but thriving company.

What would be your dream job? 

Professional athlete, but at my age that chance has slipped by… I think

What is your dream bit of kit? 

Top of the range Koenig & Bauer printing press

What would you most like to print? 

Man City FC season tickets

What is your favourite film? 

A Few Good Men

What is your favourite TV show? 

Game of Thrones (Ending was slightly disappointing…)

Sweet or savoury? 

Savoury. Who doesn’t love a good cheese and onion pie?

Who or what do you hate the most? 

Can’t say, they may read it! Otherwise, mechanical breakdowns

What is your favourite saying? 

‘You can’t handle the truth!’ Very few can

What is your favourite album? 

Tranquillity Base Hotel & Casino by Arctic Monkeys

What is your favourite book? 

First Man In by Ant Middleton 

Cat or dog, or…?

Dog all day, every day

What is your greatest luxury in life? 

MCFC season ticket, after 40 years of following dross week in week out…

What is the strangest job you’ve had? 

Manufacturing cosmetics. I went home a different shade for 15 years

What is your greatest ambition? 

To complete an Ironman [triathlon] 

What’s your greatest fear? 

Not finishing an Ironman or Liverpool winning the Premier League

Who or what makes you laugh? 

People who can laugh at themselves or people falling

Most embarrassing moment?

Using my camera in the Sistine Chapel. A definite no-no

Where would you like to be now? 

Goa, again

What’s your worst fashion disaster? 

Cream jacket away at Huddersfield in January 1983. I fell over at the game and got trampled on, not a good look

Who would be your favourite party guests? 

Pep Guardiola, professor Stephen Hawking, professor Brian Cox

Where would you go if you could time-travel? 

Egypt, around 2000 BC

What is the worst kind of print? 

Black, gloss cards

What advice would you give to your teenage self? 

Work harder at school and have more ambition. Have confidence in yourself, don’t take yourself too seriously

Life is…? 

A rollercoaster, enjoy the ups AND the downs, they make you who you are

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