Over decades of expert installation work, Hazlemere Commercial has established itself as one of the UK’s leading architectural glazing specialists – but now the thriving firm’s profile has been raised even further, as Marketing Director Mark Austin becomes Chairman of the GGF’s Windows and Doors Group.
Providing a voice for the fenestration industry at the highest levels, the GGF exists to advise policy makers, protect consumers, and represent the interests of the glass and glazing sector on a national scale.
Members of the body’s Window and Door Group have met regularly since 1977 – and today, representatives from 225 of the UK’s most respected manufacturers and installers gather four times a year to discuss mutual interests, concerns and the state of the industry more broadly.
Mark’s new role will see him chair two of these annual meets, while Phil Goult, Chair of the GGF’s Conservatories Association, will oversee the remaining two.
Mark comments: “I was absolutely delighted to be elected Chairman of the Windows and Doors Group. It’s a huge honour, and a fantastic platform to help further the interests of a sector I’m extremely passionate about.
There’s been a revolution in fenestration over the last ten years. It constantly amazes me how much technology goes into manufacturing modern windows, doors, conservatories and curtain walling, and how exceptionally the final products are. It’s a massively exciting time to be involved in glass and glazing – and I can’t wait to see how the sector will develop in the years ahead.”
Mark joined Hazlemere Commercial in 2008, following senior roles at an office design firm and Queens Park Rangers and Wycombe Wanderers Football Clubs. He was appointed to the firm’s Board of Directors in February 2015.
Mark continued: “We’ve completed hundreds of developments in the time I’ve been at Hazlemere, involving work on dozens of different types of properties – but its local authority premises, and schools, colleges and universities that we know the best.
We’ve built our business by taking on challenging, specialist projects that require a thorough understanding of the buildings and institutions we work with – their cultures, routines, and the unique challenges they present. It’s that level of commitment and the depth of that understanding that sets us apart from our competitors.”