Meet the team

Meet our team

Steve Hilleard

CEO & Publisher

Steve Hilleard is CEO of OPI, Workplace360’s parent company. A former dealer owner himself, Steve has worked in the office supplies since 1987 – since 1995 as a media guy at OPI – and has been acclaimed for his services to the sector. In 2019, he was the recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award, the highest accolade bestowed by the UK office products industry’s trade association, BOSS Federation.

Steve is very involved with industry charities, including fundraising for cancer research via the UK’s Climb of Life and Ride of Life initiatives, and is a mentor at Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy, the SE London school sponsored by the Stationers’ Company where he has been a Liveryman since 2004.

As the 85th President of the Society of Old Friends, an iconic UK industry networking organisation established in 1909, Steve leads a team of volunteers who coordinate a series of popular and renowned events every year. He also chairs the judging panel for the annual European Office Products Awards and the North American Office Products Awards and is a regular judge for the BOSS awards in the UK.

Further afield, Steve is the longest serving member of the Executive Committee of the National Business Products Council for City of Hope in the US and has co-chaired its Personal Giving campaign since 2004, raising millions of dollars to help fund research into cures for cancer, diabetes, and other life-threatening diseases. In 2022, in recognition of his philanthropic leadership, Steve was inducted into its Hall of Fame, supplementing the ‘Shining Star’ award he received in 2007.

Michelle Sturman

Editor

Michelle Sturman is the Editor of Workplace360, having joined OPI as News Editor in 2014 to manage the online and magazine news service. In 2015, she was made Deputy Editor, working across both the digital and print side of OPI, covering the magazine, website, social media, digital newsletters and podcasts. Passionate about sustainability, Michelle wants to promote ESG as much as she can throughout the various Workplace360 platforms.
Michelle has over 20 years’ experience in B2B and consumer publishing, reporting on topics as varied as business, IT, marketing and lifestyle.

Jade Wilson

Chief Commercial Officer

With over 25 years of experience in the business products industry, Jade has held various positions, including managing sales teams, overseeing global contracts, spearheading new sales channel initiatives, and fostering partner relationships. Throughout his career, he has worked for many renowned companies such as Staples Advantage, Stat Plus, Integra, and Highlands, witnessing and embracing numerous significant changes within the industry.

In his current role as Chief Commercial Officer, which he assumed upon joining Workplace360 in March 2024, Jade is tasked with driving growth in pivotal areas of the business, including events, memberships, research, and recruitment.

Beyond his Workplace360 commitments, Jade serves as a designated visitor for the BOSS Business Supplies Charity and holds the position of Chairman of Trustees for the Acrobay Gymnastics Trust, a charitable organisation boasting over 1,000 members spanning from 6 months to 21 years of age.

Sport and exercise have been integral parts of Jade’s life since his youth, initially focusing on a football career and later embracing various fitness activities. Married with two grown children and a dog, family provides the calm amidst the hustle and bustle of his professional endeavours.

Having endured many meetings over the years, Jade’s favourite products would have to be a good notebook and pen or mechanical pencil.

 

Andy Braithwaite

News Editor

Andy is News Editor at Workplace360. He has been writing about the office and business products industry since 2003, first as part of the IS-Guide/Sourcing Days team in Europe and then with OPI, where he has been working since 2008.
Since then, he has built a reputation for providing a fair and balanced approach to editorial content, covering stories from around the world.
Married with two grown-up children, Andy has been living in France since 2000 and, before that, lived and worked in the Middle East for almost ten years. He has been working from home since 2008, well before WFH became an acronym.

Chris Turness

Head of Media Sales

Head of Media Sales, Chris joined OPI – Workplace360’s parent company – in 2006 as VP North America and UK and for almost 12 years was responsible for the management and development of customer accounts in North America, the United Kingdom and Australasia. In 2018, he was appointed Head of Media Sales and now has full responsibility for all print and digital media sales worldwide.

Joel Mitchell

Head of Creative

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and this is exactly what Joel does with amazing creative flair. Joel’s experience in media graphic design started in 2008, and he is responsible for making everything at Workplace360 as beautiful as can be – including the print magazine, logos and marketing materials, along with anything else that gets thrown at him.

Kelly Hilleard

Finance & Production Manager

After taking a career break to raise four children, Kelly returned to work in 2011. Following a successful stint managing a large portfolio of schools and colleges for a UK firm specialising in catering for the education sector, Kelly joined OPI – parent company of Workplace360 – as the company’s Finance Manager. Six years on, that role has expanded to cover HR, H&S and Operations.
In April 2024, she was appointed Chair of the BOSS Business Supplies Charity, raising funds by rolling out an innovative Patronage programme, managing events and driving new marketing initiatives.

Janet Bell

Director

Janet has been working in the office products sector since 2000 when she joined OPI – parent company of Workplace360 – to run its international events across Europe, Asia and the US. She became a Director in 2006 following a management buyout and now, in addition to events, oversees Workplace360’s operational activities, online presence and lots more besides!

Heike Dieckmann

OPI Editor

Heike is the longest-serving editorial member of OPI – Workplace360’s sister publication – having been with the company since 1999. During that time, she has developed an extensive knowledge of the industry, understanding and analysing – and hopefully through her writing helping others understand too – what makes it tick.

Kate Davies

Assistant Editor

Kate Davies is the newest member of the OPI editorial team, joining in June 2023 as Assistant Editor. Kate will be involved in producing OPI magazine as well as Workplace360. She will also be a core contributor to all of OPI’s online output. 

Before joining OPI, Kate worked on the student newspaper at her university while studying for a master’s degree in journalism. Prior to her MA, Kate gained a bachelor’s degree in graphic design where she discovered her love of writing and publishing.

Lisa Haywood

Events Manager

Lisa has been with Workplace360’s parent company OPI since 1988 and is well known to industry members. Lisa has organised dozens of international conferences, forums, awards dinners and networking events in Europe, Asia and the US.

Debbie Garrand

Executive assistant

Debbie was the first ever full-time employee of Workplace360’s parent company OPI, back in 1993, working as an assistant and then PA to the firm’s founders for ten years. Having gained experience in the property, legal and faith related sectors, she returned to OPI in 2017, and now provides flexible administrative support to Workplace360’s Directors and other members of staff.

Chris Armstrong

Commercial Development Manager

Chris joined the Workplace360 team in January 2023 to support the launch and help deliver on its mission to be the only magazine dedicated to advancing the UK business supplies sector into a workplace solutions industry.
He brings 14 years of management experience in the office supplies sector with EO Group (Euroffice and Office Power) and UK dealer group Superstat having previously worked in diverse industries such as textiles, telecoms, IT and power supply.
His initial focus will be on identifying commercial partners and developing strategic relationships with product and service vendors to maximise the unique opportunities that Workplace360 delivers.