our team

With a team of over 60 professionals, people are at the core of Data Image. Get to know our management team here at Data Image by reading their profiles below!

robert farfort

 
ceo & founder
 

Heading up the team at Data Image is our founder, Rob. We call him ‘No Prob Rob’ as nothing is too big a problem for him!

 

Since starting the company back in 1991, Rob has seen the company grow to a team of 60+ employees and when he’s not out visiting clients, he can be found throughout the business driving the heartbeat of the company every day.

 

Rob is an expert within the industry and with a real passion for print and technology, he is always looking for the next way to bring innovation to print at Data Image.

rachel colbourne

 
head of sales
 

With a strong background in managing sales teams on a national scale, Rachel joined Data Image back in 2019 to run our Marketing and Sales departments as our first Head of Sales.

 

Always motivating her team and everybody else in the office, Rachel’s bright and bubbly personality shines through her work!

 

In her spare time, Rachel loves to visit the French Alps with her family. Having fun on and off the slopes, she is an avid skier and loves the adrenaline rush she gets from her favourite hobby

alison hawkes

 
head of accounts
 

Having worked in Accounts for all of her working life, our Head of Accounts, Alison, moved across to the print industry just over 8 years ago when she joined Data Image back in 2010.

 

Alison loves number-crunching and has always enjoyed working with figures, making her our go-to person for everything numbers!

 

As an avid football fan, Alison is also a season ticket holder for Tottenham Hotspur where she regularly goes to watch matches and cheer on her side but when she’s not out enjoying football, she’s either spending time with her grandchildren or rocking out at a gig.

chris hewitt

 
head of artwork & technical development
 

Chris has been a part of the company for almost 5 years and during that time he has worked as Head of IT and Head of Pre-Press Production, both leading to his current role as our Head of Artwork and Technical Development here at Data Image.

 

Our very own Apple Genius, Chris’s skills on a Mac are second-to-none and alongside everything tech, he is also our resident colour specialist.

 

When he’s not at work you’ll often find Chris at the gym where he follows a disciplined routine to stay fit, healthy and strong ready to tackle every challenge ahead.

suzanne jones

 
business development manager
 

With a strong background working within the design and print industry our Business Development Manager, Suzanne, has experience working direct with brands and working with creative agencies.

 

Suzanne has previously worked for herself but has joined Data Image to take on a new challenge and share her friendly personality with our existing and new clients.

 

Singing is her passion and at Data Image we definitely think that Suzanne has the X Factor!

julian griffiths

 
product innovation & sourcing manager
 

Having worked in the textiles industry across the globe for most of his career, Julian has joined Data Image as our Product Innovation & Sourcing Manager. With a forward-thinking attitude and innovative mindset, he is the perfect fit for Data Image!

 

Julian is always sourcing the newest and most advanced materials on the market and is working closely with our suppliers to bring the latest technology to our clients.

 

A real family man, he loves nothing more than spending time with his family at the weekend and watching his rugby team, Leicester Tigers, win!

garry woodford

 
research & development manager
 

Working alongside the World’s first Robot-fed cutting bed is our Research and Development Manager, Garry.

 

With 14 years’ experience as a Development Designer and 11 years’ as a 3D Structural Designer, using new technologies and implementing lean manufacturing processes, Garry joined Data Image back in 2014 and is now our 3D printing, problem solving guru.

 

Between working with robots and designing innovations, Garry is also a part-time photographer and DJ in his spare time and with an extensive skillset both in and out of work, this is what makes him the dedicated designer he is today.

iwona baraniuk

 
finishing manager
 

Iwona, has been working at Data Image for over 5 years after being offered a position within the company 3 weeks into her temporary position.

 

Making her way from temporary staff to finishing operative, Iwona is now our Finishing Manager, managing a team of 9 employees across finishing and logistics and as a fan of inspirational quotes, she is always making sure that her team are motivated at all times.

 

Sitting down with a book is her favourite thing to do and we think that Iwona’s time at Data Image is the best story so far!

steve chapman

 
production manager
 

Entering the print industry at the age of 17 as an apprentice, our Production Manager Steve had been working in lithographic print for 10 years before moving across to digital and joining Data Image back in 2008, the company he now considers his “saviour”.

 

A Leicester boy born-and-bred, Steve is one of our many LCFC supporters here at Data Image and even had trials at Leicester Academy when he was younger!

 

After playing for several non-league clubs throughout his life, he now spends his weekends playing for a local side in a Veterans League.