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    Time for change at the GAI

    Julian
    Newman has been appointed as the new president of the Guild
    of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI), with a new team of executive officers and a clear agenda for
    change.

    Julian
    will lead the major new developments currently underway at the GAI and
    Institute of Architectural Ironmongers (IAI) as part of the One Future Vision
    initiative.

    One
    Future Vision is the name given to the change programme first proposed three
    years ago. It was born from concerns among members and the executive teams of
    both the GAI and the IAI that, in the fast-changing business environment for
    architectural ironmongers and the construction industry we serve, we were at
    risk of having much less influence and impact.

    Julian
    is the managing director of Oxford Ironmongery. He started his career in
    architectural ironmongery as a sales representative with Henderson Hardware,
    and has taken on a series of roles since then that are all focused on
    demonstrating the value of architectural hardware and progressing professional
    standards in the industry.

    Julian
    said:

    “While
    members may not have felt it directly yet, major change is already underway.
    Next year we will launch a brand new, dynamic organisation that will be the
    voice of the industry and that will stop at nothing to advocate and advance the
    membership and industry.

    “My
    aim is to drive the new organisation forward but I want to reassure all members
    that we won’t be making major changes without consulting them every step of the
    way.

    “I
    look forward to working with the rest of the GAI team and the executive
    committee to take the One Future Vision initiative through to a successful
    conclusion and provide a platform for future industry success.” 

    Angie
    Corkhill, director of the GAI, said:

    “Julian
    brings a wealth of knowledge and experience within the architectural
    ironmongery industry and to the GAI. His 30 years of commitment to the industry
    and his dedication to the profession makes him an ideal candidate for the GAI
    Presidential role at this exciting and pivotal time.”

    Other
    senior appointments confirmed at the GAI’s AGM included Mario Del-Signore,
    managing director at CES Security Solutions, who takes on the role of GAI Vice
    President, and Steve Bewick, senior vice president at dormakaba, who becomes
    the GAI’s Treasurer.

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