Q&A: Tim Hill Managing director, Speedscreen

Jo Francis
Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Tim has been in the print game since leaving school at 16, and his first job was as a camera operator at a screen printer in Rochester.

He co-founded Speedscreen 29 years ago “with £5,000, a couple of hand benches, and some super clients – the clients must have thought we had all the latest kit, as we got through mountains by working all night on those benches”. Nowadays, Maidstone-based Speedscreen does have the latest kit, although the firm still screen prints as well. Outside of work, Tim might be found spending time with his family, or in suitably speedy pursuits including windsurfing, cycling or kart racing. 

What is your nickname? 

‘Grumpy’

Why did you get into printing? 

I fell into printing by accident

What would be your dream job? 

From an early age I always wanted to be a war photographer

Who would play you in a movie about your life? 

Sir Ben Kingsley

What is your dream bit of kit? 

We already have our dream bit of kit, the Durst 1012

What is your favourite film? 

Pixar’s Up or Mary Poppins

What is your favourite TV programme? 

Has to be Game of Thrones as my stepson has been starring in it from the beginning. He plays Bran Stark

Who or what do you hate the most? 

I really detest dishonesty, in any walk of life, this industry seems to attract more than its fair share

What is your favourite phrase or saying? 

‘You’ve all done very well’ I often shout out to my team, in mock Are You Being Served fashion

What is your favourite album? 

My favourite album changes, currently it’s a Coldplay one

What book are you reading at the moment? 

I am reading all the original James Bond novels by Ian Fleming

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

If I was stuck on an Island with someone, it would have to be Audrey Hepburn

What is your greatest ambition? 

To leave Speedscreen buoyant and in good hands

What’s your greatest fear? 

Bankruptcy

What’s your worst fashion disaster? 

Appearing on live TV in America wearing an un-ironed shirt straight out the packet, all the creases clearly visible

Which superpower would you like to have? 

Apart from the one I have, I guess flying

Who would be your favourite party guests? 

Three great Formula 1 racing drivers: Ayrton Senna, Niki Lauda and Jim Clark

Where would you go if you could time-travel? 

It would be interesting to visit 100 years in the future

What is the worst kind of print? 

Anything that is sub-standard rubbish

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