Janet Bell has been working in the office products sector since 2000 when she joined OPI 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 OPI‘s operational activities, online presence and lots more besides! There certainly doesn’t seem to be any spare time.
Outside of OPI, Janet is a board member for Office Products Women in Leadership (OPWIL), a non-profit professional organisation connecting women in leadership roles in the office products industry – and it certainly wouldn’t do our sector any harm to have a few more women in it!
Janet is also a liveryman at the Worshipful Company of Stationers & Newspaper Makers, a historic institution that was formed in 1403 and now represents the communications and content industries. She was cloathed in 2012 and currently serves on the Marketing Committee (although she is eyeing up the Wine Committee and the ski team as well!)
Janet is also a dedicated supporter of the Climb Of Life, the UK OP industry’s charity fundraising climb, and helps this endeavour to raise over £100,000 for The Institute of Cancer Research.
When it comes to office supplies Janet’s true love is a propelling pencil. “I have always preferred pencils to pens and propelling ones are always sharp. Happy days!”