Honours for notable industry women

Jo Francis
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

The chief executive of PG Paper and a woman who has spent a lifetime in craft bookbinding head up the industry recipients in the Queen’s New Year Honours list.

Poonam Gupta, the multi-award winning chief executive of paper supplier PG Paper in Greenock, received an OBE for services to business and charity.

PG Paper has grown into one of Scotland’s biggest exporters and the company works closely with a number of charities including Action for Children Scotland and Oxfam’s South Asian campaign.

The business, which is owned by Gupta and her husband Puneet Gupta, acquired some of Tullis Russell’s brands after the papermaker collapsed in 2015.

Bookbinding expert Maureen Duke, who has spent a lifetime honing her craft and passing on those skills to others over the course of 70 years, was made a BEM (Medallist of the Order of the British Empire) for services to the craft of bookbinding.

The Society of Bookbinders described Duke as “a skilled practitioner and inspirational teacher” who commanded deep respect.

“She has had a profound influence on students and fellow craftsmen and women across the UK and around the world,” said the Society in its tribute. It produced a video about her work in 2009 (see below). 

Elsewhere in the list, Terry Jones, the founder of i-D magazine, received an MBE for services to fashion and popular culture; while Naim Attallah, chairman of independent publisher Quartet Books, received a CBE for services to literature and the arts. 


"Maureen Duke: The Life and Work of a Bookbinder"


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