Meet the GGF Board Members
GGF Board Members are elected from across the Federation’s infrastructure – including the Glazing Executive, the Home Improvement Executive and the Regional Representatives Committee.
Tony Smith – President
UK Business Development Manager, NSG Pilkington
Tony’s background in glass manufacturing is considerable and he has been on the GGF Board since 2012 representing the Flat Glass Manufacturers Council and more recently the Glazing Executive. Tony’s knowledge and acumen of the political arena has also seen him elected to the GGF Political Strategy Committee in 2017.
Tony was elected Vice-President in December 2019 and became GGF President in January 2021.
On being elected President, Tony said, “I am delighted to accept the GGF Presidency and to continue the great progress the Federation has made over the last few years as the industry’s main trade body. I look forward to ensuring that GGF Members get the best value and representation during my tenure as President.”
Mark Austin – immediate Past President
Marketing Director, Hazlemere Windows Company Ltd
Mark is currently Marketing Director at Hazlemere Window Company Ltd in High Wycombe, where he’s been for over 10 years.
Though a graduate with a degree in Archaeology & Geography, he has worked in Sales & Marketing for over 35 years, during which time he was the elected Chairman of the southern region of Marketing Managers Association for more than 5 successive years, chairing quarterly meetings of commercial managers from the Premier League, Championship, Leagues One & Two.
For the GGF Membership, Mark’s first role was as a Member of the Marketing and Communications Committee in 2016, before becoming Chairman of the GGF Window & Door Group, a position he held until early 2019. Mark then took up greater responsibilities including; setting up and Chairing the GGF Membership and Review Committee, as well as serving on the GGF Board under the Home Improvement Executive as Vice-President. He was elected GGF President in January 2020 and Chaired the GGF Board during that challenging year for not just the GGF but the entire industry. In January 2021, Mark stepped down as President but remains on the GGF Board as immediate Past President until January 2022. He is currently the Vice-Chair of the Conservatory Association.
Managing Director, Profine UK
Gareth started in the industry 20 years ago with REHAU and has been involved in product development, technical, sales and marketing. In 2018, he was appointed Managing Director of Profine UK. Gareth joined the GGF Board following his election as Chairman of the Systems House Group which was set up in March 2017.
Managing Director, Supaseal Glass Ltd
With over 20 years’ industry experience, Alex was elected onto the GGF Board in 2016 to represent the GGF Regions. He has been Chairman of GGF Scotland since 2012 and is particularly active in political and technical issues affecting Scottish Members. He has been instrumental in developing the GGF’s strong working relationship with Historic Environment Scotland (HES).
Technical Manager, Thermoseal Group Ltd
Richard has been involved in the UK Insulating Glass Unit Market since the mid-1980s, initially as a development Chemist working on the development of Insulating Glass Sealants and later in more commercial roles, both marketing and sales, for two large multinational organisations.
He has attended the GGF Glazing Components Group meetings since the 1980s and is currently
· Joint Chair of the Components / Insulating Glass manufactures Group
· Chair of the Glazing Executive
· Representative of the GGF at B/520 Glass and Glazing in Building Standards Committee
· Representative for BSI (British Standards Index) at CEN TC129 WG4 (the committee responsible for EN1279 – the European Standard for Insulated Sealed Glass Units.
Currently, Richard is Technical Manager for Thermoseal Group Ltd, responsible for all of the technical development and Quality systems, including the implementation and administration of ISO 9001:2015.
Managing Director, Ecoglass Ltd
Gaby is joint Managing Director of Ecoglass Ltd and has over 25 years experience in the glass industry. She is also Chair of the East Anglian Region and Vice Chair of the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Group. Co-opted onto the Board in April 2019, she is the first female Director to be appointed.
Head of Quality & Technical, Anglian Windows Limited.
Paul has been part of the home improvement industry for over 38 years mostly in a senior technical role but also as part of multi-disciplinary business management teams.
He has been involved with the GGF and other trade bodies for much of this time, helping shape and create product standards and codes of practice for the industry.
Being an experienced chair of trade body committees with memberships representing a wide variety of interests, both technical and commercial, Paul has chaired the GGF Insulating Glass manufacturers Group and is currently a Member of the GGF Standards Committee as well as being Chair of the Home Improvement Executive and the Home Improvement Technical Group (often referred to as the GGF HI-Tech Group).
As Head of Quality and Technical for Anglian Windows Limited, Paul is responsible for Quality Assurance of manufacturing, product and system accreditations and product design and development.
As well as his broad experience of membership trade bodies, Paul brings to the GGF Board a deep understanding of the industry issues, manufacturing and installation across the supply chain.
On joining the GGF Board in March 2020, Paul commented, “I have joined the GGF Board at what is undoubtedly a very challenging time for the Federation and its Members. I am looking forward to playing my part in ensuring we have a sustainable yet dynamic Federation that can continue to provide the support which our Members need and deserve.”