The APL Packaging Team

Welcome to APL Packaging! We’re proud of our group of dynamic packaging experts, read on to learn a little more about the team:

Nick Varlow - Director

Nick started APL in January 1987. Then, building the business was about getting out and looking after customers. Now, Nick sees his role as building our brilliant customer focussed team who...look after our customers. We continue to listen, offering the best quality, competitive products, and the new ideas you want. 30 years on, APL is still all about looking after our customers. Our aim is to make the website equal to being face to face, as in 1987, but in a quicker, more efficient way. Are we achieving this? We ask you, our customers, to be the judge.

Nick Varlow MD APL Packaging

Simon Lawson - Commercial Manager

Simon started with APL in 1998 and has been processing printed carrier bags ever since….must be some kind of a record!

He also looks after our suppliers and handles the import and shipping side of the business.

His spare time is spent trying to keep an aging Triumph motorbike on the road.
Simon Lawson - Commercial Manager

Charlotte Doddington - Business Development Manager

Charlotte joined APL in June 2013. She has a degree in Business Studies with eCommerce and a background in marketing, specialising in online marketing.

Charlotte loves social media and how it has brought personality back to marketing.
Outside work Charlotte is obsessed with her Beagle ‘Eddie’ and will buy anything Beagle branded! Charlotte loves tea!
Charlotte Stephenson - Business Development Manager

David Wakelin - I.T Manager

David is our in-house IT guru. If you take him apart, you will find streams of code and lots of nerd related bits come flying out.

A self-confessed ‘out of the box’ thinker, David loves nothing more than sitting down with a difficult problem and finding the solution, often with unpredictable results.

At home you’ll find him tinkering with yet more computers, tablets and lots of other tech, but at the weekend he’ll be catching up on the sun he’s missed during a week in the office.
David Wakelin - IT Manager

Shirley Miles - Production Manager

Shirley is our Production Manager, which means she takes care of every print order!

When she’s not sending out samples, organising proofs of printed bags, answering the phones or responding to emails, Shirley likes to bop around the office to a bit of Taylor Swift (she’s seen her live twice!) Even though we have lots of cakes and biscuits in the office, Shirley only eats them at the weekend - which means there’s more for everyone else!
Shirley Miles - Print Manager

Joe Cripps- Fulfilment Assistant

Joe joined the team in September 2015 as a Printer and has quickly become an essential member of the team.

Joe joined the Warehouse team in December 2015 as Fulfilment Assistant.

In his own time Joe is a talented Designer and LOVES Star Wars!
Joe - Warehouse Assistant

Judith Varlow - Bookkeeper

Judith has been part of the team since day one!

Judith is APL's Bookkeeper, also a qualified Teacher she helps with writing product descriptions for the website.

In her spare time she is a keen volunteer at the local hospital and for local charities!
Judith Varlow - Accounts Manager

Jim & Kate - Design Team

Jim joined the team in May 2014 as an experienced illustrator and designer.

In December 2015 Jim set-up his own business with his wife Kate "Lens and Pixel".

We continue to work together to create beautiful graphics and content for our website.

Lens & Pixel "specialise in original content & design, documentary & product photography, and unique illustration." Check out their website here.
Lens and Pixel
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