GAI AGM & Conference 2017 - Friday 5th May
Adopting a different format than previous years, the GAI AGM & Conference 2017 provided a compact but highly informative event for the industry into a days proceedings. As always, the event provides the perfect forum for attendees to catch up with the future plans of the Guild whilst providing the opportunity to get together with customers and suppliers in a business-focused but relaxed environment.
Proceedings were started with an address from outgoing president Maria Powell, who reflected on her two years of president and the initiatives that have been undertaken. Treasurer for the Guild, Julian Newman, then presented a summary of the trading accounts to the audience before Maria officially passed her presidential responsibilities to incoming president, David Stacey of dormakaba.
Following the formalities of the AGM, the room was treated to presentations from three engaging business speakers, Adrian Dobson (RIBA), Professor Noble Francis (CPA) and Kizzy Augustin (Pinsent Masons LLP). Three very different subjects were presented, but all of the topics were very relevant to the Architectural Ironmongery industry. Slides of the presentations are available to download below. After the business session concluded, delegates enjoyed a fine evening dinner whilst being entertained by comedian Barry Castagnola, who announced his ambitious plans to become the next president of the GAI!
Discussing the success of the event, David Stacey said
"In our busy lives, time is a commodity which is very precious. What we strove to do with this year's event is provide all of the key ingredients of previous AGMs such as keynote presentations, networking opportunities and social activities into one days proceedings. The response from the delegates that I have spoken to has been extremely positive and they have welcomed the new format."
Our thanks go out once again to the continued support of our GAI AGM sponsors, without whom a successful event like this would not be possible.