Meet Our People
Fred Soar heads up Soar Printing, a family-owned company founded in 1920 by his grandfather Lt. Colonel Fred Soar. In recent years, Soar Printing has placed considerable focus in the areas of sustainability and lean manufacturing. Before joining the family business in the late 1980s, Fred worked as an accountant at ANZ and Financial Controller at Johnson & Johnson. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Auckland) in Management, Accounting and Economics, and is a member of Chartered Accountants, Australia and New Zealand. Fred is a past chairman and honorary trustee of Melanoma New Zealand, and current Chair of Play it strange, a charitable trust promoting song writing in schools.
Ruth Cobb is the General Manager of PrintNZ. Ruth’s experience and expertise in the industry enable her to provide advice and practical assistance to Members on a wide range of issues, with a special focus on the area of employment law.
"Our industry is made up of businesses that range from the very small owner/operator through to large multi-nationals that all produce a variety of fantastic work and it is very rewarding to be able to work with the people in these businesses. We all have the same goal – to promote print as a positive communication tool and ensure that we have a strong and vibrant industry and it is exciting to be part of this."
Glenda Keegan is a Membership Coordinator for PrintNZ. In this role Glenda visits Members and provides advice, PrintNZ updates and information on issues affecting businesses.
"One of the highlights of my role is forming relationships with Members as we get to know each other over time. I enjoy the variety that this role has to offer and being associated with an industry that is fundamental to everyday life.
"I’m excited about the potential opportunities that lay ahead with regards to being able to help Members with Lean Manufacturing and also Health and Safety."
Pam Seymour is the Administration Officer for PrintNZ.
Pam carries out a variety of duties including organising events, processing event registrations and updating member information in our database.
Linden is a Membership Coordinator for PrintNZ. Linden has a wealth of account management experience in the event and display industries. In this role Linden visits with Members and provides advice, PrintNZ updates and information on issues affecting businesses. firstname.lastname@example.org