Paper Industry Gold Medal Association has announced that the Gold
Medal for 2010 has been awarded to Mike Clark of Cookham High Street.
Award Committee met on the 25th January 2010 at
Stationers’ Hall under the independent chairmanship of the current
Master of the Stationers’ Company, Mr Richard Brewster.
medal will be presented to Mike at the Charter Dinner of the
Stationers’ Company on 5th May 2010.
retired from full time employment with M-Real in 2008, but remained
active in retirement as Chairman of
for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes)
until December 2009. Mike is well known in Cookham with his
voluntary activities particularly his work for the Cookham Festival.
He is currently busy organising the second year of Rock the Moor
with Nick Billinghurst, which will take place in May this year. Rock
the Moor was part of last year's Cookham Festival and was a runaway
award recognises Mike's contribution to the wider industry over many
years. Although primarily concerned with the cartonboard market,
Mike recognised that the industry needed to present a united front
when faced with wider issues such as the introduction of Packaging
Waste Regulations, the poor perception of the industry by NGOs and
the wider public, or the
need to embrace environmental issues such as forest certification
proactively and whole-heartedly.
contributions to PIMO (Paper Industry Materials Organisation), the
CPI (Confederation of Paper Industries), ProCarton, and PEFC have
been positive and constructive. At the same time he was active
within the PAA (Paper Agents Association) where he served on Council
for a number of years and completed a two year term as President. He
continued to support the Association’s Environmental Committee
after his retirement from M-Real.
2004 Mike was made a Knight First Class of the Order of the Lion of
Finland, in recognition of his services to the Finnish forest
him, the PAA said “The
Paper Agents Association believes that Michael’s commitment to the
establishment of meaningful industry bodies and fair representation
for all branches of the industry in its relationships with
Government, the EU and NGOs uniquely qualify him for consideration
as a recipient of the Gold Medal.”