A Change of President for the GGF
The Glass and Glazing Federation will have a change of Presidency from Jan 1st 2012, with Mark Warren of Lister Trade Frames taking over from Phil Brown of Pilkington.
Phil’s tenure as GGF President started in January 2010 and in his two year term, he has witnessed many changes, none more so than the way the Federation has developed a stronger voice in the political arena.
Phil commented, “The appointment of a public affairs agency was a big and somewhat daunting step to take, but it has resulted in a greatly enhanced profile for the GGF and the industry within political circles. Prior to this appointment, many in Government had failed to appreciate the benefits, notably in terms of energy and CO2 savings, of energy efficient windows and doors. With Green Deal on the horizon the Federation is trying to overcome the uncertainties around Green Deal to ensure it creates opportunities for all of our members”
During his Presidency Phil has worked closely on several key projects including the major revision of Part L in England and Wales which was implemented in October 2010. The Federation played a pivotal role in bringing together all of the important voices in the fenestration sector to ensure that the industry’s views were acknowledged and accepted by Government. In Phil’s view it is one of the areas in which the GGF has shown marked improvement “The Federation is much more proactive and in a better position to help shape future regulations than arguably ever before.”
The GGF’s current Strategy Review is another project in which Phil has been instrumental. The comprehensive review will look at the GGF’s activities, structure, governance and resource levels. Due for completion in Spring 2012, Phil underlines the importance of members input, “All members should engage in the review and complete the members’ survey. It is the Members Federation and it is their views that matter, for they will shape this process and provide a clear strategic direction for the GGF over the next five years”
Phil remains on the GGF Board for the next two years to ensure continuity within the Federation’s hierarchy and offers some encouraging words for his successor “Having worked with Mark for a few years, I welcome his appointment as President. I have no doubt he is up to the challenges ahead both in the GGF and in the industry.”
Incoming President, Mark Warren was reciprocal in his praise, “Phil has brought the Federation a long way in a relatively short period of time. He’s a hard act to follow but I aim to do my best to maintain and complete the good work Phil has started in the last two years.”
GGF Chief Executive commented “I would like to thank Phil for all his efforts during the last two years in which he has played a pivotal role in the changes in the GGF. I also welcome Mark’s presidency, he has been an excellent Vice-President for the last two years showing great support for the GGF and its initiatives. I look forward to his continued commitment to the GGF. “