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Another year of growth for GAI and IAI

Despite a year of significant political and economic uncertainties in the UK, the GAI and IAI fared well and saw further growth in all key areas of the business, the GAI reported to members at its AGM at the end of June.

In a series of infographic-style reports provided to delegates, Angie Corkhill provided an update on the year in numbers. These included the news that the GAI now provides 115 publications or pieces of technical guidance for members on its website. There are also six RIBA-Approved CPDs for use by members in their own communications with architects and specifiers, 16 guides to standards and 33 technical briefings. The GAI received 288 technical enquiries, three quarters of which were related to products, how they perform and how they can be used.

On the education front, 355 people took exams to progress their studies in the GAI education programme. They came from 23 countries around the world, with almost half of all students coming from outside the UK, including a high number of learners in the United Arab Emirates, China, India, Hong Kong and South Africa.

The GAI now has more than 2,500 GAI Diploma Holders around the world, and 160 Registered Architectural Ironmongers which is a 19% increase on last year. There were 132 IAI branch meetings held in 2018.

Turning to PR and communications, Angie was able to report on “the best year ever”. The GAI and IAI received 246 pieces of media coverage in 2018, up from 200 the year before –  almost a 25% increase in coverage. Reach was up by 63% on 2017. And its news was seen in more authoritative media, created more links than ever before to the GAI website, and was shared by more people on their social media networks.

Guild names its new President

Julian Newman has been appointed as the new President of the GAI.

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.

Coming into the role with a clear agenda for change, Julian has will lead the major new developments currently underway at the GAI and IAI as part of the One Future Vision initiative.

Angie Corkhill, director of the Guild, said:

“Julian brings a wealth of knowledge and experience within the architectural ironmongery industry and 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 UK, who becomes the GAI’s Treasurer.

GAI Executive Committee 2019/20

Julian Newman, Oxford Ironmongery

Mario Del-Signore, CES Security Solutions

Steve Bewick, dormakaba UK

Kaz Spiewakowski, GEZE UK

Chris Taylor, 3v Architectural Hardware

Graham Shirville, Allgood plc

Paul Johnson, ASSA ABLOY Door Hardware and Access Control Group

Nish Mohamed, Em-B Solutions

Wayne Harris, Harbrine

David Stacey, dormakaba UK

Joanne Milne-Rowe, Codelocks

Juliette Lambert, County Architectural Ironmongery

Andy Matthews, HOPPE (UK)

Chris Stevens, Gretsch-Unitas

Paul Duggan, Warringtonfire

Angie Corkhill, GAI