Print Week: Q&A with Marie Gilmour, J Thomson

Marie studied Psychology and French at Glasgow University and graduated with a BSc in 1995. After teaching English in France for a year she changed direction, joined J Thomson Colour Printers and has been there ever since.

She’s married with two step-children and her interests include holidaying on a tiny Greek island and “sampling a wide variety of gins”

What is your nickname?

Titian – only people that read Nancy Drew in their youth will understand

Why did you get into printing?

Purely by accident. After I graduated I really didn’t know what I wanted to do. My dad kept circling job advertisements in the newspapers and I had to pretend to be interested. I didn’t know anything about printing but it was a way to give up my weekend job and be able to have a social life again so I went for it. It was only meant to be short-term until I found a job that I actually wanted to do, but 22 years later I’m still here. Thomson’s got really lucky when they landed me!

What would be your dream job?

My boss keeps telling me this is my dream job. Alternatively I would like to be a professional gin taster

Who would play you in a movie about your life?

Jennifer Aniston

What would you most like to print?

The White Paper for IndyRef2

What is your favourite film?

To Catch a Thief. It’s so glamorous and stylistic, plus it’s a Hitchcock classic

What is your favourite TV programme?

Killing Eve, the best-written series that’s been on mainstream TV for years

Sweet or savoury?


Who or what do you hate the most?

Tardiness. I think being late is just extremely bad manners

Who do you admire most in the industry?

Hamish Thomson, who passed away recently. He was the former owner & chairman of J Thomson and in addition to being a very successful businessman Hamish knew the names of every employee within the company and made a point to speak to everyone regardless of their position. He was a true gentleman

What is your favourite album?

Andrea Bocelli, Romanza

What is your favourite book?

Favourite Book would be All Fun And Games Until Somebody Loses An Eye by Christopher Brookmyre and at the moment I’m reading The Sacred Art of Stealing also by Christopher Brookmyre

Cat or dog, or…?


What is your greatest luxury in life?

Holidaying on the small & beautiful island of Halki twice a year

What is the strangest job you’ve ever done?

Teaching English to adolescent French youths in Bordeaux. At which time I realised that my temperament and teaching didn’t match

Who would you like to be stuck on a desert island with?

Alexander Skarsgård. I would just sit and gaze at him all day long

What is your greatest ambition?

Can’t say, but it involves the above

What’s your greatest fear?

That I’ll have to sit exams again. I still have recurring nightmares about that

Who or what makes you laugh?

Actually it’s my husband. Sometimes I think he exists in a parallel universe

Which celebrity would you like to get out of here? Why?

Donald Trump. Do I really need to give you a reason??

Most embarrassing moment?

There’s been so many, but most of them are just not appropriate for this publication. I did have a really lovely chat with a mannequin in House of Fraser once, which the group of people standing behind me found very amusing

Where would you like to be right now?

Drinking a Mojito in the beach bar at Ftenagia on the island of Halki. Those Mojitos rock

What’s your worst fashion disaster?

A lemon coloured leather tie, it was the ‘80s

Which superpower would you like to have?

Teleportation. That way I could live anywhere and still make it to work

Who would be your favourite party guests?

Bill Murray, Cary Grant, Sofia Loren, Catherine Deneuve and David Bowie

Where would you go if you could time-travel?

The opening night of Studio 54 in 1977

What was your childhood obsession?

I wanted to be a spy. I had a rather overactive imagination and probably still do

What is the worst kind of print?

Anything that’s not printed at J Thomson

What was the best business deal that you’ve pulled off?

I married one of my customers, does that count?

What advice would you give to your teenage self?

Smoking really doesn’t make you look cool

How would you like to be remembered?

As somebody who actually gave a shit

Life is…?

Really quite good

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This article was originally published by Print Week, written by Jo Francis, you can find the link here.


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