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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.”

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.”

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CENSolutions has announced that Dave Frost, a long standing member of the management team since the company was established, is moving on to work on other projects in the industry.

Mike Gaillard, joint managing director of CENSolutions said:

“We wish Dave all the best in his new venture and would like to take this opportunity to thank him for his significant contribution to CENSolutions.”

“Dave has had to take a step back from the company in recent months due to some health problems but is now on the mend and looking forward to a new challenge.”

“The management structure at CENSolutions meanwhile will remain the same with myself and Wayne Rogerson at the helm and a strong team of consultants nationwide. We are both looking forward to building on the increasing demand we have already seen for our services.”

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Mick Clayton has been confirmed as new Chief Executive of GQA Qualifications, the Sheffield-based specialist awarding organisation.

GQA has been providing qualifications for the glass industry for

two decades. With the changes to the qualifications frameworks in the UK, Mick’s focus is to ensure that GQA continues to offer “quality and relevant qualifications” through its UK wide network of Approved Centres.

Mick said: “GQA’s qualifications are developed with industry, for industry, working with employers, sector bodies, providers and colleges to ensure they are exactly what is needed to benefit people and business.

“As a small business ourselves, we understand the needs of industry and can react quickly to requests and I firmly believe that our approach sets us apart and can really help our industries to be better qualified.”

GQA offers glass, print and coatings industries qualifications,

providing companies with a workplace assessment of their staff ’s competence.

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